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Economic outlines and opportunities for innovation

Bonaire’s economy is mainly based on tourism. Bonaire is world renowned for its excellent scuba diving and is consistently rated among the best diving locations in the world. Tourism infrastructure in Bonaire is contemporary and based on time-share resorts. Key opportunities for innovation Opportunities for innovation in Bonaire should focus on Blue Economy     approach including:
  • Brainport Bonaire (centres of knowledge/excellence)
  • Sustainable development based on natural resources, and renewable energy (wind in combination with solar park)
  • Laboratories: combination of salt, wind and high temperature gives extreme tough conditions for testing
  • Goats: an engine to growth in the Bonaire economy (according to Gunter Pauli).

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12.239456, -68.275909
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Member state: The Netherlands
Surface (km2): 294
EEZ (km2): 68 783
Population (2013): 17 400
Capital: Kralendijk
Languages: Dutch, Papiamento
GDP per capita (€ – 2012): 18 690
Main economic sectors: Tourism and nature, Service and knowledge, Agriculture
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