DCNA website launch
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>Date: Wed, 4 Jan 2006 12:04:56 -0400
>Subject: [campam] DCNA website launch
>New website launched by the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance
>A new website recently released by the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance aims
>to become the premier internet resource for both professionals and the
>general public on issues of biodiversity and conservation within the Dutch
> In a ground breaking, grass roots initiative the Dutch Caribbean Nature
>Alliance (DCNA) was launched in February 2004 to support and promote the
>conservation and sustainable management of regions terrestrial and marine
>protected areas and their management organisations on the islands of Aruba,
>Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, St Eustatius and St Maarten.
>The website already features:
> * Information on protected areas, habitats, ecosystems and endemic,
>endangered and vulnerable species including an IUCN Red List for the Dutch
>* Details of on going projects on conservation, management and capacity
>* Background information on the organisation its Board, vision and
>One particular element of the site has created interest from the outset. A
>sea turtle tracking programme part of a five island outreach project
>modelled on the RARE Pride Programme aimed at educating locals and visitors
>on St Maarten, Saba, St Eustatia and Bonaire about the importance of turtle
>conservation has started to yield fascinating results.
>A female green turtle was fitted with satellite-tracked radio transmitter at
>a nesting site on St Eustatius in September. She has since been tracked
>swimming almost 1000 kilometres without travelling further than 5kms from
>the beach where the transmitter was originally attached to her shell. Her
>travel pattern has raised interesting questions about the true geographical
>range of her species that the DCNA project, managed by leading turtle
>researcher Dr Robert van Dam, hopes to explore further by tracking more
>turtles this year.
>DCNA Executive Director, Kalli De Meyer, says: We are doing some cutting
>edge work in scientific research and conservation and we want to use the
>website to share it with both people and organisations working in our field
>and the wider general public.
>Coming soon on the website are the results of a year long baseline study of
>the protected areas as well as a fully searchable species database for the
>six islands. These are tools which are not only phenomenally useful for our
>own park personnel and academics but they go a long way towards showing our
>funders and donors how effective our techniques are and how productively
>their money is being used to promote biodiversity conservation.
>We aim to make the results of our work available in their entirety on our
>website as a part of our policy to provide a source of high quality
>information to everyone who is interested.
>You can find the site at www.DCNAnature.org. Further information is
>available from Kalli De Meyer on + 599 717 5010 or kdm@...