Sharon Dijksma, State Secretary of Economic Affairs, provides funding for six nature projects in the Caribbean Netherlands . These are the first projects approved . The money goes to projects that will not only enhance the nature , but that will also contribute to the strengthening of agriculture , tourism and local entrepreneurship. A total of 7.5 million euros has been made available. (Over $ 10 million)
Dijksma : “Our islands in the Caribbean Netherlands are a perfect example where ecology and economy can reinforce each other. A diverse and well-kept nature is attractive to residents, but also attracts more tourists . ”
St. Eustatius and Saba
Saba receives about 500,000 euros (about $ 680,000) for the rehabilitation of walking trails through natural areas, which are one of the main tourist attractions. Dijksma sets 600,000 euros (over $ 800,000) aside for nature restoration on St. Eustatius and enables the local nature organization to set up training and improve the management of nature.
Bonaire has more than 1.1 million euros ( $1.5 million) made available for nature projects that promote tourism, entrepreneurs and farmers . A component is a better protection of the coral , which attracts many divers. Amongst others by improving the management of stray goats on the island, which threaten the coral by providing erosion.
Press release RCN, April 4, 2014