The Dutch Caribbean tropical islands are home to the most diverse and extraordinary ecosystems within the Kingdom of the Netherlands: from pristine coral reefs to rare elfin cloud forest; the spectacular natural world of these islands includes species found nowhere else on the planet. Citizens can help the nature conservation organizations and policy makers by reporting marine and terrestrial animal and plant species on dutchcaribbean.observation.org.
Nature and its importance
Ecosystems that are rich in biodiversity are a magnet for tourists and at the same time one of the most important sources of income for the local communities. Nature on the Dutch Caribbean islands is unique and important, but it is also fragile and under several local, regional and global threats such as pollution and climate change. Knowledge about these complex ecosystems is essential if the natural resources of the islands are to be managed wisely and sustainably so that future generations can also enjoy them. Not only researchers, but also citizens and tourists can help with gathering information.
Citizens Can Help Report Animal and Plant Species
Dutchcaribbean.Observation.org is a free online website to register all species sightings. Anyone can register and enter species observations and this platform is available in more than 40 languages. The platform is now also being translated into Papiamentu. Observation.org also offers free Apps for iPhone (iObs) & Android (ObsMapp). The species reports by local communities are very valuable for the nature conservation organizations and policy makers to learn and protect the species on our islands. Through Observation.org, data gets stored in Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), Dutch Caribbean Biodiversity Database (DCBD) and other databases.
Observation.org is working together with Naturalis Biodiversity Center and DCNA on automated species identification software. Your uploaded photos are of great value to make this possible.
Start helping today to gather a big biodiversity dataset for the Dutch Caribbean.
To get started:
- register with your full name on: https://observation.org/registreer.php
- watch this video on how to enter sightings
- download the app via the App Store (iObs) / Google Play (ObsMapp). Once installed download the species lists for the country ‘Dutch Caribbean’
- use your personal account to login online and in the app
- Start recording your sightings!
For any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us research@DCNAnature.org
Or email your nature sighting to us and we will store it for you in the database.