DCNA has established good relationships with partner organisations in the Netherlands to promote the need for nature conservation on the islands. Representatives of the Dutch partners meet up with DCNA personnel and Secretariat up to four times a year in the Netherlands.
DCNA has a decade long history with the Dutch Postcode Lottery and their charitable giving or “Goede Doelen“. In 2005, DCNA received start up funding from the Dutch Postcode Lottery as a ‘Special Project’ of IUCN NL. And in February 2009, DCNA became a full beneficiary of the Dutch Postcode Lottery. DCNA is one of the 92 charitable organisations which receives an annual subsidy from the Dutch Postcode Lottery.
In January 2015 at it’s Goed Geld Gala, the Lottery announced its intention to fund DCNA’s three year shark conservation project “Save our Sharks”.
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Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations
In 2007, former minister Alexander Pechtold deceided to award DCNA an amount of one million euro per year for ten years as an initial cash flow for the DCNA trust fund. When the trust fund is complete, total operational costs can be covered for one terrestrial park and one marine park on each island of the Dutch Caribbean. Annually, 750,000 euro will be deposited directly in the trust fund of DCNA. The parks and DCNA will present the ministry with annual reports, financial reports, auditor’s reports and copies of their action plans and budgets for the coming year. The subsidy is provided through IUCN Holland who will supervise the reporting.
In December 2007, Vogelbescherming Nederland started a campaign amongst her members to raise funds for bird protection projects on the Dutch Caribbean. This resulted in the collection of more than 120,000 euro. DCNA used these funds to organize workshops in which local and international experts were brought together to develop a solid bird protection program. Vogelbescherming Nederland continues to grow as a DCNA partner, investing in capacity for bird conservation in the Dutch Caribbean.
Prince Bernhard Nature Fund
The Prince Bernhard Nature Fund was established in 1994 by the late Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands. The Fund’s mission is to support small, preferably local initiatives towards the conservation and wise use of nature and our natural resource base. In 2006, the Fund donated $34,500 to DCNA supporting the development of a series of guidebooks for the protected areas of the Dutch Caribbean. The first publication launched in 2008 – “the Guidebook to the St. Eustatius National Marine Park”.
In 2009, Wereld Natuur Fonds has helped DCNA to increase awareness of the beauty and vulnerability of nature on the Dutch Caribbean and the BES-islands in particular (Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba) which have become part of Holland in 2010. Wereld Natuur Fonds donated 10,000 euro which DCNA used to build support and to lobby with policy makers in the Netherlands. The goal is to take directed measures in the area of nature conservation during the process of constitutional reform.