spacer
spacer spacer

 

 





Friends of STENAPA

Friends of STENAPA is a membership programme dedicated to nature conservation of the pristine eco-systems of St Eustatius. The programme offers an opportunity to join others who are dedicated to nature conservation of the pristine eco-systems of St Eustatius by investing in the future of STENAPA.

 

Support nature conservation on Statia – join now!

You may not be aware that the St. Eustatius National Parks Foundation (STENAPA) relies on grants and donations for the majority of our funding. These sources of funding can be irregular and inconsistent, thus creating uncertainty for programme, project and staff planning.

Statia is a small island with limited tourist amenities. Many liken it to the Caribbean of 30 years ago. Its simplicity, charm and beauty are based on the fact that it has not been “discovered” or heavily developed. These are also the reasons why revenues and tourism dollars are low.

In order to ensure the preservation of what is uniquely Statia, we need your help. Your support will help achieve the reliable fiscal funding that is essential to the sustainability of the National Parks.

We understand that there are many organisations and causes vying for your attention, interest and support. Our hope is that your connection to Statia, because…

You live here
You were born here
You visited here
You attended school here
You know someone from here
You know someone who has a connection with Statia
You found us by accident

…will entice YOU to become a member of Friends of STENAPA.
By becoming a Friends of STENAPA member you will join others who are dedicated to conservation of the pristine eco-systems of St. Eustatius by investing in the future of STENAPA.

Supporting STENAPA is easy. Follow this link and fill in your support form.

What are we protecting?

Worldwide our environment is changing and in danger. Climate change, habitat destruction and disappearance, and over-fishing affect not only animal and plant species, but humans as well.

St. Eustatius has always been known as a sleepy little island, yet change has been occurring. There are increases in population, in construction of residences and businesses, and in medical school enrollment. The Statia oil terminal is expanding its facilities. All of these changes present a challenge to the natural resources of the island.

Support nature conservation on Statia – join now!

The World Conservation Union (IUCN), in its recently released 2007 Red List of Threatened Species™, reports that over 44,000 species of animals and plants are threatened. Many of those species are endemic or native to Statia. They include:

Green, Hawksbill and Leatherback turtles
16 species of orchids
Lesser Antillean iguana
Red Bellied Racer snake
Spotted Eagle Ray
Manta Ray
Statia Morning Glory vine

Without monitoring and protection by the National Parks, these species will rapidly decline.