Milan Jezic von Gesseneck appreciates that Bonaire’s innovation pilot project is bringing university to island and directly supporting development of capacity-building and education. For higher education it is bringing possibility to work directly with WUR as well as with other mainly Dutch universities. It is opening doors not just for having different universities to be present on the island, but also for implementing the most modern way of education, having three pillars blended learning education. By having part-time EU high quality professors of different specialisations on the island, and mixing that with learning-by-doing and distance learning, Bonaire is really getting the most efficient, highest quality education on the island. At the same time, this approach should be implemented not only at the university level, but also on other levels, including professional level and long-life learning.
Alfredo Koolman Chief Executive Officer from Water- en Energiebedrijf Bonaire (WEB) made commitment to make available a laboratory space and a part of the terrain on Barcadera for Bonaire AlgaePARC. Two PhD students of Wageningen University will conduct the research.
Trade and export incentives for entrepreneurs of the Caribbean Netherlands and the Caribbean countries within the Kingdom.
As of 1 January 2018, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has opened up the instruments for trade and export promotion to all entrepreneurs in the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom. Entrepreneurs with export ambitions from Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, St. Eustatius and Sint Maarten can now take part in these instruments.
Having EU flag on the post is well presenting Bonaire’s government’s approach and is highly appreciated by OCTA Innovation Team Leader at the occasion of his mission in March 2018.
Algae are called the green gold of the future as they became a valuable and sustainable feedstock for numerous industies. They are used in production of biofuels, food, animal feed, chemicals, materials, cosmetics, biofertilizers or CO2 utilization.
In Bonaire, Algae Parc pilot project intends to increase the level of food production and economic diversification in Bonaire through the sustainable production of microalgae.
Governor Edison Rijna, Governor of Bonaire, EU Overseas Territory, special municipality (officially “public body”) within the country of the Netherlands, presented OCTA Innovation pilot project at the 16th Ministerial meeting of EU Overseas Countries and Territories Association. Pilot project Bonaire Algae Parc’s aim is to increase the level of food production and economic diversification in Bonaire through establishing a sustainable production chain in the field of micro-algae.
“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.
More information in the Press Release.
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.
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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
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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