Biodiversity Monitoring

Project Overview

Goal Develop and establish the regular use of standard biological, physical and socio-economic monitoring protocols to ensure data compatibility and a regional picture of the state and use of natural resources
Islands Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Maarten
Partners Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs

Monitoring biodiversity allows conservationists to manage natural resources and react to changes accordingly in order to maintain protection for our valuable nature.

Biodiversity is considered in its widest sense and includes all life forms (plants and animals) as well as biological processes and interactions. These consist of the variety of life on land, in the air and in the waters around the islands as well as the relationships between earth systems such as climate change and biodiversity. Biodiversity occurs within and amongst dynamic environmental stressors and a rapidly changing society. Greater biodiversity implies greater health and robustness.

Monitoring of biodiversity is essential in several ways:

  • It guides management action by providing data on threats/impacts from human interactions or changing environmental conditions.
  • It is essential to assess and evaluate the effectiveness of biodiversity conservation management and interventions.
  • It is necessary to report on the status of particular species and ecosystems to national governments as well as in fulfillment of regional and international biodiversity conservation agreements.

A strategic monitoring initiative of the Dutch Caribbean parks and conservation organizations as well as obligations and commitments of the Dutch government has led to the development of a regional biodiversity monitoring strategy.