Travelmole highlights “sustainable tourism delights” in the Caribbean

Travelmole highlights “sustainable tourism delights” in the Caribbean

Statia from the seaAs the 2012 Sustainable Tourism Awards approach (nominations close Janauary 31), TravelMole is highlighting a variety of sustainable tourism best practice cases from around the Caribbean. Here’s the list:

A fishing community [Bluefields Bay] on Jamaica’s South Coast taking action to regenerate its nearby marine environment

Developing agrotourism in the Caribbean. Key elements include farm-based tourism, community tourism, agro-heritage tourism, agro-trade, culinary tourism and health and wellness tourism

Saint Lucia recently unveiled a new state-of-the-art visitor attraction at La Place Carenage in the Castries harbor

Guyana will be the proud host of the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s 13th Annual Caribbean Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development (STC-13) from 15-18 April, 2012

St. Eustatius, also known as Statia, is a virtual undiscovered ‘gold mine’ for sustainable tourism in the Caribbean

Spice Basket is Grenada’s newest and most talked about attraction—providing a cultural experience for both visitors and locals alike

• Two Community Tourism leaders who lead active organizations have teamed up to offer visitors a novel, experiential educational vacation in Jamaica ‘Home of Community Tourism’

• A Bahamian hotelier believes investing in environmental protection and management is integral to conserving the Caribbean’s fragile habitat.

• Partnership aims to ensure hoteliers receive the relevant tools required to implement a waste minimisation and recycling programme in their hotel

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“The community at the core of our tourism philosophy will encourage ownership and a shared feeling of responsibility to sustain the warm welcoming environment that we have all become accustomed to and that our guest find so appealing,” said Gov. Gerald Berkel, governor of St. Eustatius.

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New network of marine protected areas includes Anguilla, Saba, Statia, St. Barths, St. Maarten and St. Martin

New network of marine protected areas includes Anguilla, Saba, Statia, St. Barths, St. Maarten and St. Martin

Sea turtle in the Man of War Shoals Marine Park, St. MaartenRepresentatives from six Caribbean territories are meeting in St. Martin to launch a new network of marine protected areas:

The Reserve Naturelle organizes the first exchange meeting for marine protected areas of St. Martin, St. Maarten, St. Barths, Anguilla, Saba and Statia. The four-day meeting started [on Monday] with a lunch at the Mercure hotel, where the President of the Reserve Naturelle, Harvey Viotty welcomed the twenty park rangers and mangers from the different islands.

The four-day meet is co-sponsored by Unep, the United Nations environment Program, and Spaw-Rac, a Guadeloupe-based regional action center that aims to implement the protocol concerning specially protected areas and wildlife in the Caribbean. From Dutch St. Maarten, Man of War Shoal Marine Park manager Tadzio Bervoets attends the meeting.

Viotty said that the meeting is the first of its kind whereby representatives from the different islands will be able to exchange ideas and experiences.

Collectivité representative Ogoundele noted that it is time to put in place a form of regional cooperation. “That will help us to build synergy that is beneficial to the protection of our environment,” He said.

On Thursday the meeting will conclude with the launch of the marine protected areas network.

Read the original article at Today SXM.

Previous related posts on Green Antilles: St. Maarten gets its first national park, Marine mammal sanctuary to be set up in the French Caribbean, and New network of marine protected areas in the Grenadines.

[Photo: St. Maarten Nature Foundation]

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Bonaire, St. Eustatius, Saba and Dutch government embrace development plans

Press Release

March 14th, 2013


Bonaire, St. Eustatius, Saba and Dutch Government embrace development plans


The Hague – Ministries in the Dutch Government have reacted positively to development plans drawn up by the public entities of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. The Dutch Government has the ambition, together with the islands, to remove the physical and social backlogs. The Dutch government recognizes that more needs to happen. The pace at which the various backlogs will be removed is dependant on the budgetary possibilities of the Kingdom. The removed backlogs must however be maintained.


The plans formulated by the public entities of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba will be worked out in further consultation. With this correct priorities can be established. The Ministries of Home Affairs & Kingdom Relations (BZK), Economic Affairs (EZ) and Infrastructure & Environment (I&M) offer expertise to arrive at more detailed plans. The Ministry of Home Affairs & Kingdom Relations will further make available 0, 5 million Euros. For investments in nature a regulation for contribution is being developed in which a total of 7, 5 million

Euros will be made available. The remaining financing of the adjusted plans will be worked out further in the framework of the preparation of the 2014 budget. The Dutch Government-  preconditioned by budgetary space-will prepare the detailed plans (for example the integral plan for Rincon-Antriol-North Saliña) to realize the implementation by means of extra-ordinary allowances or interest free loans, or  subsequently  through the execution of the plans by the concerned ministries.


The Dutch government finds that the current rules with regard to interest free loans should not cause obstructions for realizing the implementation of plans with good potential. Here then applies the condition that the Commission for Financial Supervision establishes that the

public entities can comply with the financial obligations. The Dutch government therefore agrees to further work out how through own investments by the public entity and/or through the granting of interest free loans by the Kingdom plans can be realized.

The delegations are also satisfied with the confirmation that Minister Plasterk of Home Affairs & Kingdom Relations will expressly function as the coordinating minister for the development plans.

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Bonaire, Saba and Statia develop five-year nature policy plan

Bonaire, Saba and Statia develop five-year nature policy plan

Flamingos, BonaireThe territories of the Dutch Caribbean recently met to develop a five-year nature policy:

On October 13th the first workshop for the formulation of a Nature Policy Plan for the Dutch Caribbean [was] held in Bonaire. The main stakeholders of Saba, Sint Eustatius and Bonaire in the area of nature conservation and protection [came] together to discuss the structure and content of this policy.

As the basis for the workshop, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation (EL&I) evaluated the nature policy of the Netherlands Antilles of the past ten years. That evaluation is now completed and serves as the basis for establishing the structure of a new nature policy for the Dutch Caribbean for the next five years.

At the … workshop, the rough structure of the policy [was] discussed and developed further. The result will then be further developed in close consultation with all stakeholders into a complete nature policy. The definitive nature policy will then be presented to the Minister of EL&I who is responsible to establish it.

The formulation of a five year nature policy for the Dutch Caribbean is a legal obligation which is based on the Law of Principle of Nature Management and Protection BES. This law requires for the nature policy to contain at least the achievable objectives concerning nature and the landscape. It should also include: the priorities that should be addressed in the field of nature and the landscape; the conservation of values that should be taken into consideration and a list of national parks (both on land and at sea) that consist of nature parks established by Island Ordinance or Ministerial Decree.


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