Recent Reports & Publications
- Bonaire 2050, a nature inclusive vision
- Adopt a proactive attitude towards nonnative Green iguana biosecurity
- Using Digital Footprints to Manage Conservation Efforts
- Watershed-to-Reef: New Approach for Coral Reef Management
- Diurnal reptile is found to be active during full moon
- Recovery of Orbicella annularis corals from parrotfish predation
- Importance of Seagrass and Macroalgae in the Protection of Coastlines
- Bonaire’s First Brown Booby Population Count in Over 50 Years
- Protecting Saba Bank’s Red Hind and Queen Triggerfish Populations
- Using Sound to Track Marine Mammals in Saba Bank
- Discovery of a new host coral for a Caribbean parasitic crab species
- Millions of sightings by citizens contribute to mapping Biodiversity
In loving memory of Paul Hoetjes, a legend in nature conservation
It is with great and profound sadness that we have to say goodbye to Paul Hoetjes, a legend in nature conservation in the Dutch Caribbean and cofounder of the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA). Paul Hoetjes passed away on the 13th of November 2020.
Bonaire 2050, a nature inclusive vision
Results from a series of designs sessions, workshops and interviews describe a vision for Bonaire in 2050. In this vision, measures to combat challenges for any sector, will also strengthen nature. We call this a ‘nature inclusive vision’. A recently published visual booklet presents views of a future in which economic development and a nature inclusive society join forces to maintain what is precious, and to improve what is damaged or threatened.
Adopt a proactive attitude towards nonnative Green iguana biosecurity
Mainly since the 60’s has the green iguana continuously expanded its nonnative range, especially throughout the Greater Caribbean region, and despite repeated warning for its consequences. Now scientists and conservationists are sounding the alarm in a “Letter from the Conservation Frontline”.
Using Digital Footprints to Manage Conservation Efforts
Researchers from Wageningen University and Research compiled thousands of photographs taken on Bonaire to analyze tourist activities and highlight the most common visited locations. Understanding the type of visitor and how they are using the space will help build targeted marketing and educational material to maximize conservation efforts for the island.
Watershed-to-Reef: New Approach for Coral Reef Management
Results from a 2020 study highlight the interconnectivity between watershed areas and neighboring coral reefs on the island of Bonaire. This study provided evidence that coral reefs near areas with high erosion risk were more likely to show signs of deteriorating health than neighboring reefs. New emphasis on watershed-to-reef management will be critical for designing future conservation plans.
Diurnal reptile is found to be active during full moon
Generally, species are described as being diurnal or nocturnal active, depending on physiological limitations; diurnal species are not able to perceive their world in the absence of sunlight. Rare are observations reported where diurnal species are nocturnally active.