Professor Visser, born in the Netherlands in 1952, is a prominent international nature conservationist and a leading international authority in the field of sustainable tourism development.
A Public Law and Ecology degree at Leiden University led to a varied and distinguished career that included roles at the Institute for European Environmental Policy in Bonn, the Directorate for Nature in the Department of Agriculture, Nature Management and Fisheries, and, as an environmental legislation analyst, for the NGOs WWF Netherlands and Stichting Natuur en Milieu.
Increasingly focusing on tourism and the environment, Professor Visser set up a Department for the Environment (MINA) for the five islands of the Netherlands Antilles before being appointed Professor in sustainable tourism development at the Université de Savoie in Chambéry, France, in 1999.
In October 2005 Nico Visser was appointed head of the International Nature Department in the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality in the Netherlands. ‘The creation of DCNA is a dream come true for the Dutch Caribbean,’ he says. ‘It enables nature management NGOs to work together to protect and manage the unique richness in biodiversity of the islands.’