SAFEGUARDING NATURE IN THE DUTCH CARRIBEAN
Goals of the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance
Promoting and facilitating permanent dialogue, knowledge exchange, training and cooperation between PMO’s and strengthen their nature management activities.
Representation & Communication
Assist Park Management Organization with representation and advocacy. Promoting awareness and creating the sense of urgency to support park and nature management and actions to address global conservation challenges to the Caribbean part of the Kingdom.
Program design, proposal development and fundraising
Support and assist efforts of park management organizations in program design, proposal development and to secure sustainable sources of funding for nature conservation, both for themselves and collectively.
This is achieved through the following projects:
The Conservation Trust Fund is intended to cover essential operational support for each of the island Protected Area Management Organizations.
Symposium: Nature-Based Solutions in Ecosystem Restoration
To facilitate profound knowledge and experience exchange to foster insights into the effective incorporation of Nature-Based Solutions in Dutch Caribbean projects meant for ecosystem conservation and restoration, the DCNA and Fundacion Parke Nacional Aruba (FPNA) organise a symposium on November 10th, 2023, on Aruba.
Provides detailed information on the successes and challenges of each park in the Dutch Caribbean.
DCNA Board meetings are critical for discussing and strategizing on the most effective way to support the parks and an important opportunity for each of the parks in the Dutch Caribbean to collaborate, share resources and exchange information and ideas.
DCNA’s news platform and free digital newsletter about biodiversity related research and monitoring projects in the Dutch Caribbean. A project funded by the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality.
BioNews Kids is a free printed and online nature magazine for children of ages 9-11 on the six Dutch Caribbean islands.
Climate Action Plan
DCNA's Action Plan for the Dutch Caribbean provide concrete recommendations for all our islands on both climate adaptation and mitigation strategies to combat climate change effects.
Marine conservation in the Dutch Caribbean
Blue Marine Foundation partnership with Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance- projects including coral protection, and training youth marine rangers.
Image Recognization Dutch Caribbean
DCNA developed an automatic species recognization tool (ObsIdentify app) together with Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Observation International, generously funded by NLBIF.
Whale and dolphin research program Ti Whale An Nou
The objective is to study the diversity, distribution and quantity of whales and dolphins in the Caribbean. This study started in 2021.
Past Projects (selection)
DCNA Highlights 2005-2015
Celebrating DCNA's 10 year anniversary with a few of the last decade's key highlights.
Workshop on Marine Management and Ocean Protection in the Dutch Caribbean 2022
During the workshop experts will present on best practice examples and innovative approached form other islands and we will spend time exploring how to address the unique challenges that the Dutch Caribbean islands face in in depth discussions.
Sea Urchin Restoration Workshop 2022
The DCNA organized a reef restoration workshop led by University of Applied Sciences Van Hall Larenstein. This workshop involved coral reef biologists, coral restoration experts, and marine park managers from various Caribbean islands to focus for the first time on the restoration of long spined sea urchin.
Tiger Shark Expedition 2021
A research expedition with the goal to determine whether the Saba Bank is a breeding area for tiger sharks in the Eastern Caribbean.
2021 DCNA Convention
The conference focused on three main topics: Governance in Times of Recovery, Increasing Resilience to Climate change, Improving Youth engagement.
CITES Communication Materials
Working to increase the awareness and protection of endangered plant and animal species.
Disaster Response Manual
Best practices manual on how to most effectively respond to disasters pre, during and post emergencies.
Save our Sharks
This project worked with fishermen, local communities and scientists to raise awareness of the importance of sharks.
Nature Funding videos
These videos highlighted the successes of the various Nature Fund projects, which ended in 2019.
DCNA Convention 2019
The DCNA convention initiated a new phase of international nature management, with a focus on the future.
Sustainable Finance Project
Collaborative effort to strengthen the national park's ability to achieve sustainable financing.
Social Media Workshop
Working towards improving communication strategies of the protected area management organizations of the six Dutch Caribbean islands.
Enhancing knowledgebase for bird conservation throughout the Dutch Caribbean.
Geographic Information Systems
Provided park management organizations the hardware, software, skills necessary for them to accumulate and utilize geographic data for their protected areas.