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Partners in nature conservation


Dutch Caribbean Nature AllianceDutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA)

The unique natural world on the tiny islands of the Dutch Caribbean demands that we stand together to safeguard biodiversity. That’s the idea at the heart of the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance. On the six islands of the Dutch Caribbean, Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, St Eustatius and St Maarten, dedicated conservationists from many organisations are working hard to safeguard varied wildlife and habitats, both on the land and at sea. By creating a united voice and sharing resources, skills and experience, DCNA can strengthen individual conservation campaigns.

This is the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance, a new non-profit organisation created to protect the natural environment and to promote sustainable management of natural resources on the six Dutch Caribbean islands.

Through their website, DCNA will seek to record the efforts to realise these objectives through an innovative programme of fundraising outreach, education and research. But more than that, DCNA aims to provide a valuable online source of information and inspiration to colleagues, friends and supporters around the world who, like DCNA, are united in their dedication to protecting our planet’s wealth of natural wonders. [visit DCNA's website]


National Committee for IUCN IUCN-NLNational Committee for IUCN (NC-IUCN)

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. [visit IUCN's website]


Ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken en KoninkrijksrelatiesMinistry 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. Plus it marks the beginning of a relationship of respect and support between the people of the Netherlands and the Dutch Caribbean. This is something that will undoubtedly prove beyond price in the challenging years to come. [visit the BZK website]


Postcode loterijDutch Postcode Lottery

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. [Learn more about the postcode lottery]



World Wide Fund for Nature has helped to increase awareness of the beauty and vulnerability of nature on the Dutch Caribbean and the BES-islands in particular (Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba) which have become part of Holland in 2010. [Visit the website of WWF]



WIDECAST, an expert network of biologists, managers, community leaders and educators in more than 40 nations and territories, is committed to an integrated, regional capacity that ensures the recovery and sustainable management of depleted sea turtle populations. [Visit the website of WIDECAST]