The Foundation was established in January 1997 as an Island Government initiative and is guided by the laws of the Netherlands Antilles. The Nature Foundation is fully registered on St. Maarten at the Chamber of Commerce in Philipsburg (registration number 80439).
The Executive Council of St. Maarten recognizes the Foundation as the organization to assist the Island Government in all issues related to the management of the environment and its preservation.
Nature Foundation St Maarten is part of the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) holding, a non-profit (NPO) and non-governmental (NGO) group of companies that places special emphasis on fundraising and strengthening the management of the protected areas within Dutch Caribbean.
Our primary concern is to preserve and enhance nature while in the process strengthening the economical and educational value and potential of our natural resources.
The mission statement of Nature Foundation is thus as follows: