of the Interior (BZK) Netherlands
The high point of DCNA's first year of existence occurred just before Christmas 2005 but was not announced until February 23, 2006 when the Ministry of the Interior (BZK) approved a € 11 million grant to DCNA, to be paid in stages of around € 1 million a year for the next 10 years.
This financial stamp of approval by the Dutch government, greatly facilitated by intensive lobbying from the Netherlands National Committee of the World Conservation Union (IUCN NL), is highly significant on several different levels. It will provide the ‘seed’ funding for the DCNA Trust Fund, the pot of capital that will one day generate enough interest to cover the annual running costs of one marine park and one land park on each of the Dutch Caribbean islands.
IUCN, the world conservation union is a respected and high-profile organisation with a research and lobbying presence that extends across the globe. Their Netherlands committee has been critical to the success of DCNA’s fundraising efforts in the Netherlands by agreeing to act as an intermediary between DCNA and the Dutch National Postcode Lottery. They have taken the initiative to lobby on DCNA’s behalf, which is to result in a multi-year grant of Euro 1 million/year. IUCN NL considers the creation of this Dutch Caribbean conservation initiative critical to sustainable nature conservation in the region.
DOEN / Dutch Postcode Lottery
With finances from the Postcode Lottery, Stichting DOEN supports organizations in the field of sustainable development. The main point in this support is that the funded organizations and projects confront people with their environment.
The Dutch Postcode Lottery has been an unstinting supporter of DCNA and STENAPA. Generous start-up grants supported initial operational, communications and lobbying work in the Dutch Caribbean and the Netherlands, and provided much needed financial support for the individual parks on the Dutch Caribbean islands.