Societal and economic development and the natural system that humanity maintains and depends upon, relies heavily on environmental sustainability. Sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystem services and understanding of impacts of spatial planning on both marine and terrestrial nature, are crucial elements to avoid compromising development.
The Kingdom of the Netherlands has ratified international treaties and conventions and made regional agreements and national law for the protection of nature and biodiversity in the Dutch Caribbean. The Dutch government has initiated the development of the Dutch Caribbean Biodiversity Database (DCBD) as a webplatform for the Dutch Caribbean. How can DCBD be set up best to maximise its sphere of influence by facilitating convergence of conservation initiatives and catalysing effective strategies and action plans on nature and biodiversity?