Nature Foundation St. Maarten Records Fourth Fatal Sea Turtle Boat Strike for 2021

Once more, a sea turtle was fatally struck by a boat engine in the Simpson Bay lagoon, the Nature Foundation counted four sea turtle fatalities for 2021. The Foundation received a call regarding an injured sea turtle found in the Simpson Bay Lagoon by a Marina. The green sea turtle had no chance of survival … Continue reading Nature Foundation St. Maarten Records Fourth Fatal Sea Turtle Boat Strike for 2021

Nature Foundation St. Maarten Begins School Presentations for In-No-Plastic Initiative to Reduce Plastic

The Nature Foundation St. Maarten has begun presenting at local schools on St. Maarten about plastic and how to keep our environment safe and healthy. The presentations are within the In-No-Plastic Project, a European Union-funded global initiative. The presentations teach local students how to limit their plastic use and the effects plastic has on the … Continue reading Nature Foundation St. Maarten Begins School Presentations for In-No-Plastic Initiative to Reduce Plastic

Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance is Preparing Dutch Caribbean Conservation Organizations to Withstand External Shocks

Kralendijk – The Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance’s (DCNA) bi-annual board meeting took place during the recent convention held in Curaçao. Their Excellencies, Governors Holiday and Boekhoudt from Sint Maarten and Aruba, as well as Mr. Jaime Saleh, patron of DCNA, were present as observers for crucial discussions on governance and DCNA’s strategic vision moving forward. … Continue reading Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance is Preparing Dutch Caribbean Conservation Organizations to Withstand External Shocks

2021 Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) Convention Begins with a Workshop on Climate Change Resiliency

Willemstad – The 2021 Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) Convention began with a workshop on climate change resiliency. The workshop served as a platform for knowledge sharing between researchers from the Royal Netherlands Institute for Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV), and Dutch Caribbean experts. The participants discussed the impact of climate change on marine … Continue reading 2021 Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) Convention Begins with a Workshop on Climate Change Resiliency

Nature Foundation Project Coordinator Travels to Europe to Meet Partners Within the In-No-Plastic Project Funded by EU

Nature Foundation Project Coordinator Travels to Europe to Meet Partners Within the In-No-Plastic Project Funded by the European Commission The Nature Foundation St. Maarten recently has strengthened their collaboration with international partners for the “In-No-Plastic” Project and had the opportunity to travel to Europe to learn from several different partners. The partners reside in Italy, … Continue reading Nature Foundation Project Coordinator Travels to Europe to Meet Partners Within the In-No-Plastic Project Funded by EU

Join DCNA’s Free Big Live Nature Quiz and Win a Sailing Trip  

The Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) invites students ages 12-14 that live on Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Maarten, and Sint Eustatius to participate in the secondinstallment of the Big Live Nature Quiz for Kids! It’s free, online, live, interactive and includes questions about Dutch Caribbean animals. This fun quiz is in English but questions … Continue reading Join DCNA’s Free Big Live Nature Quiz and Win a Sailing Trip  

Nature Foundation St. Maarten Notices an Active Sea Turtle Nesting Season this Year.

The Nature Foundation has noticed an increase of sea turtle nesting activity, sea turtle nesting season normally lasts from April until December each year. Especially Dawn Beach has been a place of interest, already two nests successfully hatched and hatchlings made it to the ocean, and another three nests were laid successfully by hawksbill turtles. … Continue reading Nature Foundation St. Maarten Notices an Active Sea Turtle Nesting Season this Year.

Nature Foundation St. Maarten Joins Forces with St. Maarten Customs on the CITES Convention.

In the last weeks the Nature Foundation St. Maarten has actively collaborated with the officers of St. Maarten Customs to exchange knowledge regarding the trade of endangered species, called CITES Convention (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora). Customs Officers learned more about which species are protected under the … Continue reading Nature Foundation St. Maarten Joins Forces with St. Maarten Customs on the CITES Convention.

UNRAVELING THE MYSTERIES OF THE SABA BANK: DCNA TIGER SHARK EXPEDITION 2021

Photo credit © Daniel Norwood July 31st – August 7th, 2021 – For the first time on the Saba Bank, an expedition team was able to successfully assess the shark diversity by attaching five satellite tags and confirming pregnancy stages by ultrasound of two species of sharks. This research advancement resulted in assessing 56 sharks, … Continue reading UNRAVELING THE MYSTERIES OF THE SABA BANK: DCNA TIGER SHARK EXPEDITION 2021

Vegetation Study Informs Spatial Planning on St. Maarten

Commissioned by Sint Maarten’s Ministry of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure (VROMI), a color vegetation map produced by CARMABI and Wageningen University & Research shows a 25% decrease in overall vegetation cover of the Dutch side of the island since 1956.  Results show that this loss can be attributed to massive urbanization and touristic development, overgrazing by introduced … Continue reading Vegetation Study Informs Spatial Planning on St. Maarten