Biodiversity on the BES islands

The special biodiversity of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba (BES islands) is an important basis for tourism.

Bonaire is mainly for diving tourism while Saba and St. Eustatius also walking tourism is a factor. Tourism is a very important sector of the local economy. These three islands in the Caribbean form three special municipalities of the Netherlands since October 10, 2010.

The natural ecosystems both on land and in the sea form the basis for an important part of the economic (tourism) engine of the BES islands. In the tropical climate with dry and rainy seasons the major threats are overgrazing by goats, marginal agricultural, deserted land and disorganized development / urbanization that lead to erosion and thus to temporarily turbid water and sedimentation of sludge.

The goal of this project is

  • Wide-ranging exploration of the problem relating to land use
  • Building a network on the islands including in the managers and directors of nature.

The result is insight into the problems which arise in the Caribbean islands of the Netherlands in broad perspective, physical-spatial, ecological and socially. This is a prerequisite for future research with perspective into this region that is integral and leads to direct result for the people on the islands.