OCTA Innovation Newsletter #14-2018 – Saba mission

OCTA Innovation Newsletter #14-2018 – Saba mission

Saba Innovation Manager, Menno van der Velde, is working on turning opportunities into the actions primarly strengthening renewable energy capacities and social housing. Menno has also strong influence on nature conservation, marine protection, sustainable fishery, improving organic farming and inspiring a new generation of creativity while reinforcing the values of traditional craftsmanship and art forms.

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OCTA Innovation Newsletter #11-2018

OCTA Innovation Newsletter #11-2018

The unspoiled queen, slogan of Saba, is reflecting very well its genuine beauty and charm. Saba is indeed a great place to admire the nature, to do diving, to do trekking to the top of the volcano, but also to enjoy in truly warm hospitality, the finest cuisine and exceptional atmosphere. Saba is one of the European Union Overseas Countries and Territories. This constitutional municipality of the Kingdom of the Netherlands is at the same time the smallest Dutch Caribbean island and its highest point.

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“It takes a village to raise a child”

“It takes a village to raise a child”

Child Focus Foundation is a Non-Profit NGO that is supported by the Ministry of Youth and Family, Island Government of Saba and other various organizations.

This organization provides after school activities for all children in the ages up to eighteen. They are supported with their schoolwork and encouraged in their development with different activities as dance classes, theatre, music lessons, snorkelclub, prayer meetings, board games, sewing lessons…

 

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“The road”

“The road”

In Saba there is only one road, known as “The Road”. Its construction was tough because people used to traverse the island by trail, transporting everything by hand and donkey, including the kitchen sink, pianos and monarchs and, considering the height of the island and the hot Caribbean sun, it was so difficult and suffering to reach the other part of the island. For this reason, in the late 1930’s the decision to build a concrete road was made. Due to the nature of the terrain, steep and the sunk in the rainforest, Dutch & Swiss Civil Engineers considered impossible to build a street there. Thus, the road got its title: “The road that couldn’t be built”. Challenged by this words, a Saban guy, Josephus Lambert Hassell, followed a study in civil engineering and in 1938, with the assistance of his fellow Sabans and no heavy machinery they got down to the business of the impossible. In 1958 the road was completed. Thus prove Sabans’ determination in the willingness to be more developed.

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Sustaining the natural environment

Sustaining the natural environment

Sea & Learn on Saba is a non-profit foundation that brings together the local community, diverse nature experts and visitors to understand the value of nature, both worldwide and locally on Saba. Sea & Learn’s objective is to reinforce the importance of protecting nature and educate the potential safe-keepers in order to sustain viability of Saba’s eco-tourism product and other environments throughout the world. Since 2003, a month-long event takes place. Due to their efforts in learning and life long learning approach and capacity building, Lynn Costenaro, the Managing Director of the Sea Saba Dive Center and Sea and Learn Organization is likely to be nominated for OCTA Innovation award.

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An unforgettable experience

An unforgettable experience

 Mount Scenery, reaching over 877 m, invites people to conquer its summit, the highest point in the Kingdom of Netherlands. This hiking experience is a must for all that travel to Saba, offering a scenic view. In fact, through the route it is possible to see the most beautiful species of flora and fauna, as orchids, mahogany trees, “Black-eyed Susan” – the national flower, as well as colourful birds or snakes and it is easily understandable the reason for Saba’s nickname “The unspoiled queen”. Track is so well done. You enjoy in nature even not recognising that track is man made, So environment friendly, minimum concrete, but maximum of maintenance. Charming touch with nature. Average 90 minutes one-way track could be challenging task to reach but also to shorten. Certificate is also waiting lovers of the nature as souvenir for memorable experience.

The Saba Conservation Foundation is a non-profit nature management organization based in Saba. Their mission is to commit to the preservation and enhancement of the marine and terrestrial environment on Saba through education, scientific research, monitoring and enforcement.

This organization will be most likely the winner of OCTA Innovation Small Innovation Project.

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Charming people

Charming people

It’s easy to fall into the pace of island life. You’ll receive a warm welcome from the people of Saba, people who have not forgotten to give howdy to all bypassers, local as well as tourist. Friendly greetings make wandering through a charming Saban village all the more enjoyable. The people of Saba are a extraordinary community, assist each other but also assisting to any visitor.. It is possible to see their connection to the environment in every aspect of their culture. They are attuned to their natural surroundings, and strive to embrace the world around them rather than build their own version. On this tiny Caribbean island the people come to you. They welcome you with inviting smiles, a friendly wave, and wide-open ar ms to experience the place they happily call home.

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OCTA Innovation Newsletter #10-2018 – Saba

OCTA Innovation Newsletter #10-2018 – Saba

Saba Innovation Manager, Menno van der Velde, is working on turning opportunities into the actions. Saba is gradually increasing its renewable energy sources and Menno is very proud stating that his island is moving to be 100% energy sustainable island. High tasks are including having hurricane proof buildings and having social housing on this hurricane prone island. However actions do not stop there as there are simultaneous actions on further recycling and waste treatment, activities in enhancing fishery, marine protection and diving, improving the transport and establishing Saba as favourite Caribbean Eco tourism destination.

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The Dutch government support

The Dutch government support

The hurricanes Irma and Maria caused significant damage on Caribbean Islands. Because of destroyed connections, trade and tourist flows have stopped almost entirely. A temporary ferry connection was established between Saba, Statia and St. Kitts. St. Kitts is connected to international and local air links which can help to revitalise tourism. This service provides the opportunity for visitors and locals to travel between the islands, which creates the possibility for the tourism industry to survive during a difficult period. This agreement would not be possible without the cooperation and assistance of the Ministry of Economic Affairs in the Netherlands.

To support entrepreneurs, Dutch government secured 2.48 million euros available to the governments. Entrepreneurs can ask for a refunding request in case they have lost a large part of their turnover due to the consequences of the hurricane. With this scheme, the government helps companies interested in tourism to overcome this difficult period of reconstruction.

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The shortest landstrip in Saba

The shortest landstrip in Saba

Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport, the Saba’s Ariport, is recognised as one of the most scenic airports (Travel Galleries, Privatefly 2017) and is known all over the world having the shortest commercial runway in the world, only 400m long. Jet aircraft are unable to land at Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport, due to the runway length, but small propellor aircraft and helicopters can land there.

The airport’s risky reputation arises from the airport’s physical position: it is flanked on one side by high hills; and on the runway’s other side and both ends, cliffs drop into the sea. Due to the island’s vertical shape, this strip makes for one of the trickiest landings (and take offs) in the world. Simply seeing Saba from the air makes for one of the most fascinating sites in the world, too.

 Just a 20 minute ride from St. Maarten, Saba is worth a visit for the air experience alone.

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