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Economic outlines and opportunities for innovation

Saba’s traditional activities are agriculture, fishing, shipping and sailing and the export of Saba lace. The growth areas are eco tourism (hiking, scuba diving and rock climbing) and the Saba University School of Medicine. Key opportunities for innovation
  • Eco tourism enhancement: Adventure tours; High-speed ferry Saba – Statia – Sint Maarten; High speed ferry for cruise ship passengers
  • Fisheries and agri/horticulture: Fish aggregation devices to attract more pelagic fish; Revitalise horticulture of vegetables; Research on fish and lobster stocks on Sababank
  • Energy and water: Grid renewal (smart); assessment and realisation of solar and wind energy; assessment of geo-thermal energy (Saba); rain water collection “cisterns”(Saba).

Saba’s map

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17.910461, -63.231812
SabaSaba Island, Saba, Isole BES (Directions)


Member state: Netherlands
Surface (km2): 13
EEZ (km2): 12 169
Population (2013): 1 991
Capital: The Bottom
Languages: Dutch, English
GDP per capita (€ – 2012): 18 700
Main economic sectors: Ecotourism (diving and hiking), Medical school, Fishery
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Innovation Manager



  • Demonstration Energy Innovation

    The subsidy for entrepreneurs and end users from Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius.Those who have an innovative CO2 emission reducing technology or want to reduce the use of energy in the production process or those who want to invest in renewable energy sources, such as wind, solar and geothermal energy, may be eligible for subsidy […]    Read More
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  • 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. […]    Read More
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  • 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 […]    Read More
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  • Innovation News

  • The Caribbean after Irma

    It is the cost of the region’s unimaginable natural beauty that, by the caprice of fate, there is the periodic risk of ruin. There is nothing to be said of this past week’s tragedies that has not yet been said, and our hearts go out to the people who died.What needs to be said is […]    Read More
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  • Regional Innovation Workshop in Sint Maarten, 5-7 October

    Caribbean regional workshop will take place 5-7 October 2015 at Sint Maarten. The main aim of the activity is to improve OCTs and OCTA’s capacities and ensure better exchange of experience and expertise in Innovation by gathering the IMs and other relevant stakeholders in regional workshops and a project conference, which would contribute to facilitate […]    Read More
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  • Reports

  • 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 […]    Read More
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  • Bonaire, Saba and Statia develop five-year nature policy plan

    The 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 […]    Read More
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  • Octa Innovation Website