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DCNA website launch

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  • Lloyd Gardner
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 4, 2006
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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 region’s 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@...
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