Bonaire AlgaePARC

Bonaire AlgaePARC

Bonaire AlgaePARC is a project based on a team between Wageningen University Research, Public Entity Bonaire, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and travel organisation TUI, thanks to a grant received from the European Union via the Association of Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTA).

Professor Rene Wijffels, Wageningen University and Research presented progress of the project. Bonaire has an ideal climate for the production of micro-algae due to the temperature and the amount of sun. Bonaire, with Edison Rijna as Governor, is one of the Overseas Countries and Territories moving in the right direction, especially by his personal involvement and personal drive for building diversified sustainable economy and prosperous society. Particularly it is very valuable that Governor Edison Rijna is taking care of innovation to be developed and in sustainable way to be implemented transversally across all sectors.

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Bringing science and technology

Bringing science and technology

Different meetings related to Bonaire Algae Parc have been held. Governor Edison Rijna has initiated this innovation pilot project, he and his team have requested and secured EU funding for this project. Currently the project’s team is managing execution of the project and opening several valuable opportunities for Bonaire. That is exactly way where to go and how to go. This project having initiated transfer of technology from EU to island, bringing science to the territory and far more than that is much appreciated. Science through further research and implementation of innovation having a direct impact on the economy on the island. This innovation is specific by giving possibility for diversification of the economy and for coming close to real circular economy by developing processes resulting with wide number of products such as bio fuel, food supplements, pigments, proteins, feed, food and cosmetics.

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Bringing university to Bonaire

Bringing university to Bonaire

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.

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Trade & export incentives in Caribbean Netherlands

Trade & export incentives in Caribbean Netherlands

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.

More information. 

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Algae green gold of the future

Algae green gold of the future

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.

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16th OCT-EU Forum, Governor Edison Rijna

16th OCT-EU Forum, Governor Edison Rijna

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.

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