Dutch Partner Group

DCNA has strong relationships with a number of prominent nature conservation partners in the Netherlands. These relationships are based on the principle of mutual support and include agreements to co-operate regarding Kingdom wide concerns, the maintenance of open lines of communication and information sharing.

Representatives of the Dutch Partner Group meet with DCNA staff annually in the Netherlands and have a standing invitation to attend DCNA’s Board meetings.

Additionally, DCNA works very closely with individual Partner organisations on joint conservation action such as outreach and public awareness, political awareness, education programmes, training and capacity building.



IUCN NL (National Committee of The Netherlands)

IUCN NL is the Dutch national committee of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization. IUCN publishes the Red List of Threatened Species and is the only environmental organization with official UN Observer Status. Within the international umbrella organization, IUCN NL works with NGOs, companies, governments and scientists to strengthen human wellbeing through worldwide nature conservation. IUCN NL’s activities focus on three themes: green international cooperation, greening companies, and restoring and conserving nature. IUCN currently has 39 Netherlands-based member organizations.

For more information visit IUCN NL

IUCN NL is a founding member of the Dutch Partner Group and the project holder for DCNA’s annual subsidy from the Dutch Ministry of the Interior. They have strongly supported DCNA’s relationship with the Dutch Postcode Lottery and have worked hard to build political support for nature conservation in the Dutch Caribbean. IUCN NL was joint project holder with DCNA on a three year long Lottery funded initiative entitled “We ARE the world” supporting ecosystem restoration which included a conch restoration initiative in Lac on Bonaire

Vogelbescherming Nederland

Vogelbescherming Nederland is an independent, bird conservation organisation with over  153,000 active members, companies and organisations. Vogelbescherming is the Dutch partner of BirdLife International, the organisation working to conserve birds and their habitats worldwide. Through specific conservation programs, intensive cooperation, political lobby, legal action, clear education and effective campaigns, Vogelbescherming is working on the conservation of birds in the Netherlands and worldwide.

For more information visit Vogelbescherming Nederland

Vogelbescherming first ran a campaign to raise funds for bird conservation in the Dutch Caribbean in 2008 and they have been providing this essential funding support to the region ever since. This has allowed the development of a comprehensive bird conservation programme for the Dutch Caribbean. Vogelbescherming is a leading member of the Dutch Partner Group and has also taken the lead in ensuring that Dutch Caribbean nature conservation interests are well represented, for example in Dutch Parliament both through their own lobbying efforts and through strategic introductions. They are actively supporting DCNA’s application to become part of the BirdLife International network.

Wereld Natuur Fonds (WNF)

With other 5 million supporters worldwide, World Wildlife Fund’s mission is to build a future in which people live in harmony with nature. From our experience as the world’s leading independent conservation body, we know that the well-being of people, wildlife and the environment are closely linked. That’s why we take an integrated approach to our work. Wereld Natuur Fonds, is one of the largest conservation organisations in the Netherlands and has been successfully supporting nature conservation all over the world since 1962.

For more information visit WNF

WNF has traditionally taken a keen interest in supporting nature conservation in the Dutch Caribbean and was instrumental in setting up the Marine Parks on Bonaire, Saba and St Eustatius. WNF’s new ranger action, due to launch in March 2014, aims to build awareness about coral reef conservation on Bonaire, Saba and St Eustatius. In 2014 DCNA will be working with WNF on the development of a financial road map and recommendations to ensure a sustainable funding future for the nature parks in the Dutch Caribbean.


IVN Natuur en Milieueducatie

IVN is a unique organisation, getting people involved in nature, environment and landscape. It is about knowledge, passion and undertaking action: head, heart and hands. We want to promote the importance of a sustainable, green living environment through nature and environmental education. Now, and in the future. We do this through education that touches people; education which emphasizes the indissoluble relation between human kind and nature. Our 19,000 IVN-members enable us to do this, as they work hard on local nature and environmental education all over the Netherlands. Strengthening the relation between children and nature through nature and environmental education gets our special attention.

For more information visit IVN Natuur en Milieueducatie

DCNA worked closely with staff members of IVN on the development of a regional nature education programme for the Dutch Caribbean (Wild 4 Life) and designed and produced ‘nature boxes’ which are used throughout the Dutch Caribbean in local schools.



Staatsbosbeheer is commissioned by the Dutch government and manages a large part of the nature reserves in the Netherlands. Working towards a sustainable living environment for man, plant and animal is central to our mission. We maintaining, restore and develop our natural and cultural landscape. We share our enthousiasm and care for our national heritage by opening our sites to the public as much as we can and by promoting outdoor recreation. As a social organization, Staatsbosbeheer works for and on behalf of society. We cooperate actively with Dutch citizens and the organisations and institutions that represent them. We contribute to the production of environmentally-friendly, renewable raw materials such as timber.

For more information visit Staatsbosbeheer

Staatsbosbeheer has worked with DCNA on the development of Management Plans for the parks, supported GIS project initiatives and organised a press trip to the islands in 2010 at the time of the constitutional change.


Conservation International

Mission: Every person on Earth deserves a healthy environment and the fundamental benefits that nature provides. But our planet is experiencing an unprecedented draw down of these resources, and it is only by protecting nature and its gifts – a stable climate, fresh water, healthy oceans and reliable food – that we can ensure a better life for everyone, everywhere. Building upon a strong foundation of science, partnership and field demonstration, CI empowers societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature, our global biodiversity, for the well-being of humanity.

For more information visit Conservation International


De 12 Landschappen

With more than 100,000 hectare of nature and landscape, the 12 Landschappen is one of the largest nature management organisations in the Netherlands. Twelve private nature conservation organisations, one in each Dutch province. Each with its own character, but all with the same goal: to protect their nature, landscape and their cultural heritage.

For more information visit De 12 Landschappen



Natuurmonumenten is a society with over 730.000 members, run by a management team, board and a member’s council. As a society, its members have a say in its decisions and policies. Thirteen district committees represent the members in their district. Together, these district committees form the council, which meets with the board of directors to discuss and decide on general policy issues. The district representatives are familiar with the policy and actively seek the opinions of members in their district by organising excursions, member evenings and theme meetings. As a result of its acquisition policy, Natuurmonumenten now manages and protects 101,066 hectares distributed over 345 areas in the Netherlands. In order to further develop the ecological infrastructure, Natuurmonumenten recognises the importance of working together with other conservation organisations. This will make it possible to create a national ecological network, which is a series of interlinked nature areas, thus expanding the area available for animals and plants. In the Netherlands, Natuurmonumenten works together with other conservation organisations, provinces, municipalities, water authorities and local residents to create links between people and nature. It also has international connections with fellow organisations in Germany and Belgium. The society is currently working on Natura 2000, a European network of protected sites for habitat and species conservation. This network is important for protecting biodiversity on a European level as well as a national level. A sustainable and healthy natural environment is vital for life and for living and must be safeguarded.

For more information visit Natuurmonumenten

Sleeping partners


Stichting Samenwerkingsverband Nationale Parken (SNP)

The twenty Dutch National Parks form a colourful mosaic of nature areas, characterised by their exceptional landscapes and rare plants and animal species. Landowners, site managers and other stakeholders ensure that the special characteristics of these areas remain intact and the most exquisite nature sites are preserved.

Stichting Nationale Parken is a network of protected areas in the Netherlands working with the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Staatsbosbeheer and others on the protection and enhancement of National Parks in the Netherlands.

A recently signed agreement with Staatsbosbeheer will allow SNP to complete the Programme of National Parks of World Class and to work with new partners and the existing members to develop a new perspective for National Parks in the Netherlands.

For more information visit Stichting Samenwerkingsverband Nationale Parken