Nature management, protection, and conservation above and under water
In October 2015 Joske Diesfeldt and Johann Wuestenberg of the Association for Organization Development (AOO) spoke with Johan Afman, the interim managing director, who took office on 1 June 2014, of the National Parks Foundation Bonaire (STINAPA Bonaire). 15th January 2016 Herman Sieben acts as his successor. STINAPA is a very important organization for the conservation of Bonaire’s natural and historical heritage through the sustainable use of its resources. That this Organization can keep doing its quality work in an effective and efficient way is essential in these times, in an international context and of course also in importance of Bonaire
Stichting Nationale Parken Bonaire (STINAPA Bonaire) is a non-governmental, not for profit foundation commissioned by the island government to manage the two protected areas of Bonaire: Bonaire National Marine Park (BNMP) and Washington Slagbaai National Park (WSNP).
STINAPA Bonaire is dedicated to the conservation of Bonaire’s natural and historical heritage through the sustainable use of its resources.
. To protect, conserve and restore all the natural resources, including, but not limited to, the
native flora and fauna of Bonaire for future generations;
. To ensure that the conservation of these natural resources is given the highest priority in all
public decision making processes;
. To ensure that the residents of, and visitors to, Bonaire receive quality education and
information about the protection of nature and the environment;
. To ensure that the natural and historical resources of Bonaire are used in a sustainable
STINAPA is an acronym for Stichting Nationale Parken, the National Parks Foundation.
Stichting Nationale Parken Nederlandse Antillean (STINAPA N.A.) was founded in 1962. The objective was to have a foundation actively protecting nature on the islands of the Netherlands Antilles. The first activities of this foundation were concentrated on Bonaire. Efforts were made to safeguard the breeding grounds of the Caribbean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber ruber) and the creation of the Washington Park in 1969. It became the first sanctuary of the Netherlands Antilles. After that effort, negotiations began for the purchase of the Slagbaai plantation. Enough money was raised and in 1979 the plantation was added to the park. It became the Washington Slagbaai National Park. In that same year, 1979, the Bonaire Marine Park was founded. During the following years marine protected areas on Curaçao and Saba and the terrestrial park, Christoffel Park, on Curaçao were founded. Each island had a commission of the foundation and by the end of the 1980’s each island turned the commissions into separate foundations. Bonaire founded Stichting Nationale Parken Bonaire (STINAPA Bonaire). Since then, Stichting Nationale Parken Bonaire (STINAPA Bonaire) has been managing the protected areas of Bonaire and caring for the preservation and conservation of nature on the island in general.
The Foundation is managed by the Management Team: the STINAPA Managing Director, the Manager of the Bonaire National Marine Park, the Manager of the Washington Slagbaai National Park, the Nature Environment Education Coordinator, the Manager of the Natural and Historic Resources Unit, the Accounting Manager, and the Communications Officer.
Each park has its own Rangers. The STINAPA Board of Directors has a supervisory role over the Management Team and their activities. All Board members are volunteers and receive no financial compensation for their time and effort. The Board has a maximum of eleven (11) seats, seven seats are reserved for groups that have a vested interest in the park systems, the other are independent seats. STINAPA of course has a small but dedicated group of local volunteers. They assist the foundation with research, text editing, text writing and any other requests they have.
STINAPA Bonaire seeks to work cooperatively with organizations that share their goals.
One of the partners is DCNA (Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance), which celebrated their 10th anniversary in October 2015.
The STINAPA Foundation receives funding from admission fees to the parks, users of commercial and private moorings (including yacht moorings in the bay off Kralendijk), donations, and grants, including a government grant for the salary of the Education Coordinator.