‘Sustainable Caribbean’ tastes like more!

‘Sustainable Caribbean’ tastes like more!

“Sustainable Caribbean”, a meeting on sustainability in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom.

Around forty students and fifteen other guests came on January 12th 2018 to the ‘Sustainable Caribbean’ meet-up, an initiative of WeConnect Foundation in collaboration with Wageningen University & Research.

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More information in the Press Release.

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Strategic Tourism plan Bonaire

Strategic Tourism plan Bonaire

On the 1st of December the Tourism Bureau and the University of Central Florida launched the strategic tourism plan for Bonaire. The plan has been conceived in close cooperation with all relevant tourism stakeholders in Bonaire and is supported by both the chamber of commerce and the Bonaire Hotel and Tourism Association.

Execution of this plan should lead to Bonaire becoming a ‘blue destination’ by focussing on the sustainable blue nature of the ocean and coast, thereby strengthening its position in the Caribbean tourism market. A full version of the plan you will find Strategic Tourism Plan Bonaire.

Other similar news about Caribbean OCTs you may find at https://english.rvo.nl/ and directly ronald.vermeeren@rvo.nl

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Sustainable Caribbean

Sustainable Caribbean

WeConnect , Dutch educational foundation in cooperation with Wageningen University & Research (WUR), is organising the meet-up ‘Sustainable Caribbean’ on Friday January 12, 2018.

The focus is on green and sustainable initiatives on the Caribbean islands and on how to liaise Antillean and Aruban students and young professionals with these projects. It is one of WeConnect’s initiatives to turn the brain drain on the islands into a brain gain and thus reinforcing the local employment market with homegrown talents.Read more

 

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OCTA Innovation Issue 27 / 2017 – Bonaire

OCTA Innovation Issue 27 / 2017 – Bonaire

Governor Edison Enrique Rijna is coming to present Bonaire to Brussels’ audience at OCTA Innovation Bonaire BRUZZ.

Bonaire is one of the Overseas Countries and Territories of the European Union. As one of the special municipalities within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, together with Aruba and Curaçao, Bonaire forms the group known as the ABC islands in the Caribbean region.

Bonaire is world-wide, one of the three best scuba diving destinations. Bonaire’s economy, mainly based on tourism, is taking advantage of warm and dry climate, beautiful pristine coral reefs and flamingo sanctuaries. Currently Bonaire is taking innovation as a way forward and is ready for new investments and further growth.

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Systemic innovation in Bonaire

Systemic innovation in Bonaire

During last mission to Bonaire in October 2017, Milan Jezic von Gesseneck stressed the importance of innovation for diversification and growth of economy. To initiate the process of systemic innovation approach, which is already championned by Governor Rijna, OCTA Innovation Team Leader presented how systemic innovation should be organised, and which measures should be implemented.

Public Private Partnership in all sectors and at all levels, starting from public authorities to the wide community should be strengthened. Continuous raising awareness and consultation process about different innovation aspects would be enhanced. Consultations about needs for different organisational restructuring as well as about consultations about having in place an optimal set of the legislative and financial instruments for propelling innovation should be intensified in the coming period.

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Algae Parc Bonaire

Algae Parc Bonaire

Professor Maria Barbosa, from the Wageningen University & Research gave a presentation during the kick-off meeting of Bonaire’s pilot project, Algae Parc in October 2017.

Bonaire is the ideal location for the production of algal products. Indeed thanks to the constant climatological conditions and because there is more sunlight, productivity is higher and the product quality is stable. Optimal, relatively high temperature is essential to achieve high productivity. Keeping temperature constant is task that needs to be selected and optimised to have the best algae growth with minimal energy consumption.

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Research and Innovation transfer

Research and Innovation transfer

Professor Rene Wijffels from the Wageningen University & Research presented OCTA Innovation pilot project of transfer of the research and innovation in microalgae field to Bonaire AlgaeParc.

Based on the use of local resources, and thanks to the use of sunlight and seawater, AlgaeParc would cultivate micro algae for the different possible uses including:

  • Micro algae for aquaculture for local use on the island and for exportation as a feed ingredient
  • Micro algae for production of biokerosene
  • Micro algae as an ingredient in animal feed for local use in Bonaire
  • Micro algae as an ingredient in products to be used in SPAs in the tourist sector
  • Micro algae used by chefs in Bonaire cuisine.
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Underwater paradise for divers in Bonaire

Underwater paradise for divers in Bonaire

Bonaire’s pristine reefs and diverse marine life are unique to the Caribbean. Because the waters around Bonaire have been protected by an actively managed marine park for the past thirty years, Bonaire today ranks among the top best diving destination in the world.

Bonaire offers scuba diving 365 days a year in a pristine underwater environment with access to many locations for shore and boat diving. Bonaire is an award winning diving destination that accommodates every skill level, from beginner to advanced diver. There are 63 official dive sites on Bonaire and 26 more on Klein Bonaire, of which 54 are shore dive sites. Bonaire is an underwater paradise, with more than 350 fish species and 57 species of soft and stony coral.

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Drink a cactus in Bonaire!

Drink a cactus in Bonaire!

The Cadushy Distillery is the only distillery on Bonaire and produces the best cactus liquor of the island. This Distillery is a family-owned and operated business.

Basically the cactus is peeled and the membrane just underneath the outer skin cut into strips and put into an aluminum baking pan. The pan of peel is transferred to a dehydrator where it bakes in the sun for two days. Islanders traditionally use dried peel to make cactus tea, soup and as a natural remedy, but the Cadushy distillery combines the strips with yeast and sorghum, the only grain that grows on the arid isle. After two weeks the mixture is distilled twice and becomes the 80 proof alcohol base of all Cadushy products, particularly the cactus liquor.

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Salt production in Bonaire

Salt production in Bonaire

Alonso de Ojeda and Amerigo Vespucci landed in 1499 on Bonaire and claimed it for Spain. The small island of Bonaire had one precious commodity: salt! This was a necessary ingredient for preserving meat and fish. In the late 1620’s, the Spanish had cut off the supply of this essential mineral to the Dutch. A few years later, the Dutch captured Bonaire and gained valuable control of its salt pans. Bonaire became in 1633 a plantation of the Dutch West India Company. Salt production started in 1636 and the salt industry on Bonaire expanded since then. First under the Dutch West India Company and then under direct governmental control.

With a comfortably dry climate and steady trade winds, Bonaire has always been recognized as an ideal location for the production of salt. For over three centuries, the island’s culture and prosperity was dependent upon this most important of the world’s spices. Today, about 22 % of the Bonaire surface is used for the process of evaporation of sea water, a process in the hands of professionals and safely adopted in the fragile environment of Bonaire. The stunning colored salt pansare also home to one of the hemisphere’s great populations of Flamingoes!

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