Kralendijk, Bonaire – The Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) will host its biannual board meeting from the 16 November to 19 November on Bonaire. DCNA’s board meetings provide an important platform for discussing and strategizing the most effective ways to support protected area management organizations (parks) to safeguard nature on Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Maarten. In addition, a presentation will be open to the public about research and monitoring in the Dutch Caribbean on Thursday 17th of November at 7 pm at Captain Don’s Habitat on Bonaire.
The DCNA conservation network provides support to the parks of all six islands of the Dutch Caribbean. Critical components which will be discussed during the Board Meeting are the DCNA 2030 strategy, disbursement of the Conservation Trust Fund and fundraising strategy. Besides, updates will be given by the secretariat and DCNA working groups to improve research and monitoring efforts and youth participation. The DCNA board meeting is also an important opportunity for each of the parks to collaborate, share resources and exchange information and ideas. Working together, each island can learn from the others, maximizing their successes and learning from the more challenging experiences.
The DCNA has had some exciting changes since their last board meeting. It was a heartfelt goodbye for their previous Director Tadzio Bervoets and a warm welcome for their new team members: Arno Verhoeven as the new Director and Frederique van Randwijck as relationship manager. Aside from conservation managers and the various experts of the Board of DCNA, observers from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN-NL), World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF–NL), BirdLife Netherlands and the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (LNV) also participate in DCNA Board Meetings.
In addition, there will be a public presentation entitled “I see you: Research and Monitoring in the Dutch Caribbean” given by Diego Marquez who supports DCNA’s Research & Monitoring Working Group. Research and Monitoring in the Dutch Caribbean has many challenges associated with it. In his presentation, Mr. Marquez will elaborate on these challenges and by u
sing bird research and monitoring as an example, introduce pragmatic solutions on how to better understand these natural systems. This presentation is open to the public and will be held 17 November at 7PM in the meeting room at Captain Don’s Habitat.
The DCNA is a non-profit organization created to protect the natural environment and to promote sustainable management of natural resources, both on land and in the water, on the six Dutch Caribbean islands. DCNA’s mission is to safeguard nature in the Dutch Caribbean by helping and assisting the protected area management organizations (parks). By creating an united voice, helping to secure sustainable sources of funding, sharing resources, skills and experience and promoting educational outreach and public awareness, DCNA is able to strengthen the network and support nature conservation initiatives throughout the Dutch Caribbean.
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