Nature Funding Videos

Sooty tern

(Onychoprion fuscatus)

Photo credit: © Henkjan Kevit

In the wake of the constitutional change of 2010, the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature & Food Quality proposed a special funding allocation to the islands of the Caribbean Netherlands (Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius) as part of the ‘spring agreement’. Although the spring agreement was cut, an amount of $9.8 million was subsequently reserved, for a period of four years, for the Caribbean Netherlands.  This funding was intended to support overdue nature maintenance projects, in particular those targeting coral reef restoration, sustainability and the synergy of sustainable nature use, agriculture and tourism. These funds have come to be known as the “Nature Funds” or “Natuurgelden”.

This funding was provided directly to the island governments of the Caribbean Netherlands. Each island’s government consulted with local nature organizations to propose projects to match their needs with the local political priorities.

The results from each of the Safeguarding Nature projects were shared through a series of videos.  These videos highlight the successful cooperation between Dutch and local government and local nature conservation organizations. The videos were shared via local media channels.

Rainbow over The Bottom

Photo credit: © Kai Wulf