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
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 The 2021 Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) Convention began 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 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 the European Commission
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
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.
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.
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
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
This past week, the Nature Foundation partnered with the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) and the St. Maarten Tourism Bureau alongside the Real Madrid Foundation to organize two beach clean-ups. These two clean-ups were a part of the Nature Foundation’s newest project In-No-Plastic and took place on Mullet Bay Beach and … Continue reading Nature Foundation Partners with Real Madrid Foundation, AUC to Host First In-No-Plastic Beach Clean-Up
Photo credit © : Sami Kattan (all rights reserved) Starting August 1, 2021 a team of researchers will spend a week on the Saba Bank investigating the life-cycle of tiger sharks. Researchers will investigate the migration routes, where and when tiger sharks breed so they can protect them better within the Dutch Caribbean’s Yarari Marine Mammal and Shark … Continue reading Staff to Depart on Saba Bank Expedition to Enhance Tiger Shark Protections in the Caribbean