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DCNA's activities are funded through the support of the Dutch
Postcode Lottery and the Dutch Ministry of the Interior (BZK),


Nicole Esteban
Manager, St Eustatius National Parks Foundation
Gallows Bay, St Eustatius
Netherlands Antilles


+599 318 2884

This report has been prepared with data and text compiled from the Management Success project of
DCNA by Duncan MacRae. Marine Park Manager Jessica Berkel analysed the turtle nesting data and
Marine Park interns Anna Maitz and Eric Boman assisted with data analysis of park users and press

Cover photos show a Yellow-crowned night heron (Nyctanassa violacea) and brooding Red-billed
Tropicbird (Phaethon aethereus) by Miroslav Zumrik. Unless otherwise noted, photographs in the
report are accredited to STENAPA and are not listed here.

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STENAPA is a non profit foundation set up by Statians who wanted to protect and
preserve the flora and fauna of the island for future generations to come. Our purpose is to
serve the well-being, education and recreation of Statia's population and visitors. All this
with due observance of the primary requirement of nature conservation.

STENAPA was given the mandate by the Island Government to manage the National
Marine and National Terrestrial Parks. STENAPA also manages a Botanical Garden that is
being established to preserve flora and as an attraction for the island and a place for locals
and visitors to spend some leisure time.

2009 has been a good year for STENAPA as we continue to grow and get more
recognition and exposure outside of St Eustatius and the Netherlands Antilles. The main
objectives for 2009 continued along the same lines as previous years, which were to make
the parks more financially sustainable, enhance professionalism by continued training of
staff and creating standardise systems of working, continue on development of phases in
the botanical garden, continue educational programmes for schools and public, continue
with the turtle protection programme, and conduct research and monitoring projects on
environmental issues. High on our list of priorities was the celebration of the 10 year
anniversary of the botanical garden. Seeing what we have accomplished in 10 years with
all of our plants coming from seeds and our own cuttings with very, very limited funds is
nothing short of amazing.

Our major accomplishments for 2009 were: the 10 years botanical garden anniversary with
the publishing of a guide for the botanical garden, the opening of Gilboa Hill trail system
with signage, the acquisition of a new marine park boat and the setting up of a new
curriculum for a monthly school program.

The management and staff of STENAPA as usual did a great job during the year to keep
STENAPA growing while maintaining the status as an exemplary foundation on the island.
Well done guys you are truly appreciated. Especially knowing the limited resources we
have and our inability to compete with the private sector in giving you the security you
rightly deserve. We have a very good team that is very dedicated to STENAPA and the
environment of St. Eustatius. We appreciate the funds that we got from all the funding
agencies that kept us going through 2009, we sincerely thank you. We recognize the
support from DCNA for our, and all other, parks in the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba.
STENAPA is here to protect and serve the environment, people of Statia and visitors.
Please help us do it as we can not do it alone. Nature needs us as much as we need her.

The Board, management and staff of STENAPA would like to dedicate this annual report
to Miroslav Zumrik. Five members of SHAPE left Europe for St Eustatius at the beginning
of March 2009 for a photographic expedition. They returned with only four. On the 5th of
March the ocean took Miro's life after a morning of bird photography on Zeelandia Beach.
All our sympathy goes to the SHAPE photographers and family, especially to Miro's wife
and children. The cover page features photos taken by Miro on St Eustatius.

Thank you very much.

President of STENAPA: Irving M Brown

St Eustatius National Parks Foundation Report for January December 2009


1 TH E D U TCH CA R IBBEA N ................................................................................................................................... 6

1.1 CONSERVATION ..................................................................................................................... ......................... 6
1.2 PROTECTED AREA MANAGEMENT ORGANISATIONS (PMOs) ................................. ......................... 7
1.3 THE ISLAND OF ST EUSTATIUS ...................... ............................................... ........................ 9
1.4 THE PROTECTED AREAS OF ST EUSTATIUS ................................................................ ............................... 10

2 EX EC U TIV E SU M M A R Y .................................................................................................................................... 11
2.1 H IGHLIGHTS OF THE YEAR ................................................................................................................................. 11
2.2 OVERVIEW OF ACHIEVEMENTS .................................................................................................................. .... 12
2.3 RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER ORGANISATIONS .............................................. ................................................. 13

3 MANAGEMENT BODY................................................................................................................................................ 14
3 .1 B O A R D .............................................................................................................................................................. 14
3.2 COM M ITTEES ...................................................................................................... ................................. .... 14

4 STA FF...................................................................................................................................................................... 15
4.1 V OLUNTEERS AND INTERNS ............................................................................................................................... 18

5 O PERA TIO NA L M A N A G EM EN T..................................................................................................................... 19
5.1 OBJECTIVES FOR THE YEAR............................................................. ... 20
5.2 M ANAGEMENT....... .......................... .................... 27
5.3 ADM INISTRATION .............................................................................................................................................. 27
5.4 FIELD OPERATIONS ............................................................................................................................. ............ 27

6 STA TIA N A TIO N A L M A R IN E PA R K ............................................................................................................... 28
6.1 V ISI ORS DIVERS AND SNORKELLERS ................................................. .................................................. 28
6.2 M OORING MAINTENANCE .......................................................... ................................................................... 30
6.3 YACHTING ................................................................................. ................................................................... 30

7 Q U ILL / BO V EN NA TIO N A L PA R K ................................................................................................................. 32
7.1 H IKER V ISITS ............................... ...................................................................................................................... 32
7.2 TRAIL MAINTENANCE ........................................................................................................................................ 33
7.3 QUILL / BOVEN M ANAGEMENT PLAN .................................................................................. .................... 34
7.4 H IKER'S GUIDE TO QUILL / BOVEN N ATIONAL PARK ................................................................................... 35

8 MIRIAM C SCHMIDT BOTANICAL GARDEN.......................................................................................... 36
8.1 PHASE 2 DEVELOPM ENT............................................................. ................................................................... 36
8.2 FRUIT GARDEN D EVELOPM ENT ....................................................................... ............................................. 36
8.3 CHILDREN'S GARDEN D EVELOPMENT ........................................................ ............................................. 36
8.4 TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE BOTANICAL GARDEN..................................... ............................... 37

9 RESEA R C H A N D M O N ITO RIN G ...................................................................................................................... 39
9.1 SEA TURTLE CONSERVATION PROGRAMM E ............................................................... ................................ 39
9.2 DCNA MEASURING MANAGEMENT SUCCESS PROJECT............................. ......................................... 39

10 PO LICY A N D LA W EN FO R CEM EN T ..................................................................................................... 40

11 C O M M U N ICA TIO N A N D ED U CA TIO N .................................................................................................. 41
11.1 INFORMATION.................................................................................................................................. ............. 41
11.2 OUTREACH .................................................................... 41
11.3 EDUCATION ................................................................... 42
11.4 REPRESENTATION .............................................................................................................................................. 42
11.5 W ORKING W ITH STAKEHOLDERS ..................................................................... ............................................. 42
11.6 PROJECTS....................... ............................................................ ................................................................... 43

12 FINA N C IA L R EPO RTIN G ............................................................................................................................... 44
12.1 PROFIT AND LOSS .................................................................................. ........................................................ 44
12.2 BALANCE SHEET ............................................................... 48
12.3 AUDIT ............ ......................................... ........ 50

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13 A PPEN D IX .......................................................................................................................................................... 51

13.1 GLOSSARY ................................................................................ ................................................................... 51
13.2 A CRONYM S........... .................................................................................................................... .................... 53
13.3 U NDERSTANDING PM O OPERATIONS........................................................................................ .................... 54
13.4 DETAILS AND ACTIVITIES OF THE VOLUNTEER PROGRAMME..................................................... .................... 56

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With their population of less than 300, 000 and land area of 800 km2, the Dutch Caribbean islands are
remote, tiny and as a consequence easily overlooked. But their natural heritage is rich and diverse making
them the 'hot spot' for biodiversity. The Dutch Caribbean boasts a range of unique, threatened and
endangered habitats and species ranging from primary rain forest to magnificent coral reefs. The islands of
Aruba, Bonaire and Curagao alone are home to over two hundred endemic species and subspecies, which
live nowhere else in the world.

The islands form two distinct groups which are not only separated by more than 900 km of open water, but
are also linguistically, culturally, geologically and ecologically divided.


4W St Maarten

/ Aruba
(. Bonaire "

Figure 1 Location of the Dutch Caribbean Islands

The Windward Islands of Saba and St Eustatius are volcanic in origin with lush vegetation ranging from dry
loving cactus, seagrapes and aloe in the coastal areas to ferns and mountain mahogany trees at altitude.
There are coral reefs, pinnacles, patch reefs and fringing reefs around the islands and St Maarten also has
numerous salt ponds and mangrove stands.

By contrast the vegetation of the Leeward Islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curagao consists almost exclusively
of cactus, acacia and other dry loving trees and plants. Bonaire and Curagao are unique in being true
oceanic islands as they are separated from mainland South America by a deep-water trench. Aruba on the
other hand was formerly part of the South American mainland. Bonaire's reefs are considered some of the
very best and healthiest in the Caribbean. All three islands have fringing coral reefs, seagrass and mangrove
stands as well as extensive bays and salinas (salt ponds).
Nature conservation is nothing new to the Dutch Caribbean. The first terrestrial protected area was
established forty years ago on Bonaire in 9th May 1969 and was followed in 1978 with the Christoffel Park on
Curagao and in 1979 by the creation of the very first marine protected area in the Dutch Caribbean, the now
famous Bonaire National Marine Park. Other islands quickly followed suit and have tried to create at least
one terrestrial and one marine protected area on each island with the goal of protecting and preserving the
island's natural heritage whilst allowing wise and sustainable use of these resources, particularly by tourism.

Common constraints on the PAs include limited and at times unreliable government support, lack of funding
and lack of spatial planning on the islands. The main threats include development pressure, particularly in

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the coastal zone, invasive species such as overgrazing by free roaming goats, sheep, cattle and donkeys
and overgrowth of native plants by species such as Corallita and The Rubber Vine. There are entrenched
local issues over land tenure and persistent over harvesting of marine resources such as grouper, lobster
and conch.

Each of the protected areas of the Dutch Caribbean is managed by a not for profit non governmental
organization or foundation which has a co-management arrangement with local stakeholders. The following
table gives a comparative overview of the established PAs within the Dutch Caribbean.

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Island Mgmt. Body Protected area Area and spedal features

Fundacion Parke
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Marine Park

This terrestrial park was established in 2003. It is 3400 hectares and covers
approximately 17% of the land area of Aruba. It includes the island's highest hill,
Jamanota and protects various exotic cacti, around 50 species of tree and is the last
refuge of the island's endemic rattlesnake, the'cascabel'

The marine park extends from the high water markto the 60m depth contour around
Bonaire and Klein Bonaire encompassing an area of approximately 2,700 hectares. It
includes continuous fringing coral reefs, seagrass and mangroves. It was established in

Klein Bonaire An uninhabited satellite island off Bonaire's western shore the island includes some of
the most undisturbed vegetation on Bonaire and is an important stop over point for
migrating birds and nesting grounds for endangered hawksbill and loggerhead turtles.
Itwas declared a protected are in 2000.

National Park

Underwater Park

Curatao Foundation


Saba Foundation

Established in 1969, it encompasses almost 17% (13,500 hectares) of the land area of
Bonaire and includes Mount Brandaris, the island's highest point. A wide diversity of
habitats can be found in the Park which provides a safe haven for the endemic lora,
flamingos and iguana.

The Curaqaa Underwater Park was established in 1983.The seaward boundary is the
60m depth contour and on the shore side the boundary is the high-water mark. The
park covers a total surface area of 600 hectares on the leeward shore and includes
pristinefringing reef.

Christoffel Park A protected wildlife reserve and garden covering 1,820 hectares. Mt. Christoffel is in
the centre of the park, and is the islands highest point.The park contains rare and
endemicflora and fauna.

Shete Boca Established in 1994the Shete Boca covers approximately470 hectares of coastline

Saba National The Saba National Marine Parkwas established in 1987. It surroundsthe island
Marine Park stretching from the high-water markto a depth of 60m and includes coral pinnacles,
the seabed and overlying waters. It covers 820 hectares.

Sabas Hiking Trail
system and Muriel
Thissel Nature Park

Saba's terrestrial park is comprised of 35 Ha of land donated to the SCF by the Thissell
family in 1999.This area is locally referred to as the sulphur mine. Other protected areas
include the portion of Mt. Scenery above 550m (no dwellings can be constructed) and
the 14trails (public easments on private property).

Statia National The St. Eustatius National Marine Park includesthe waters around the island from
Marine Park the high water mark to the 30m depth contour. It was designated in 1996 and is
approximately 4,700 hectares including two actively managed no fishing zones.

Quill and Boven Comprises a dormant volcano,the Quill and Boven, an area of hills on the northern tip
National Park of St. Eustatius. The trails to, in and around the Quill have been open since 2000. It was
established in 1997 and covers 540 hectares induding lush secondary rain forest and
almost all of the482 wild plant species found on the island.

Botanical Gardens The Botanical Gardens cover an area of 5.3 hectares

St Maarten St Maarten


St Maarten
Marine Park

The Marine Park surroundsthe entire Dutch side of the island from the coastal waters
and beaches to the 60m depth contour.The Park covers approximately 5,200 hectares
and includes mangroves, seagrass beds and coral reefs.The park is a major breeding
area for marine birds such as the frigate and home to fish, turtles and conch.

Figure 2 Dutch Caribbean Protected Area Management Organisations

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St. Eustatius, also known widely as 'Statia' is a relatively young island having emerged from the sea through
volcanic activity. The island lies at the northern end of a continuous submarine bank, called the St Kitts Bank,
which also encompasses the islands of St. Kitts and Nevis. It is a relatively shallow bank reaching depths of
no more than 180m.

On island the Quill, the obvious remains of the volcano and crater, dominates the landscape. It is located to
the south east of the island and is separated from the mountainous north-western tip by the 'Kultuurvlakte' -
a central low lying plain where the majority of the population live. Overlooking the Caribbean on the western
edge of the plain, is Oranjestad the island's capital, which consists of an Upper and Lower town.

The airport is located on the central, flat part of the island close to an area known as Golden Rock. There is
an oil transhipment facility to the north-west, which is located amidst the protected area, which includes
Boven, the highest of the older northern volcanoes, and Signal Hill to the South.

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Figure 3 The main features of St Eustatius.

The Miriam C. Schmidt Botanical Garden is located to the south east of the island, in the shadow of Mazinga
Peak, the highest point of the island at 600m. The National Park Visitor Centre and head offices of
STENAPA are located at Gallows Bay on the west coast close to the harbour. Oranje Bay, has a transient
small sandy beach which comes and goes depending on predominant wave direction and water movements.
The other main beach, Zeelandia is located on the east coast and is unsuitable for swimming or watersports
due to strong rip currents. The ruined Fort de Windt in the south of the Island has been protected since 1981,
and can be reached by driving to White Wall, a ridge of limestone which emerges from the side of the Quill
and is so prominent that it is visible from nearby Islands.

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The Quill / Boven National Park was established in 1997 and was the first national park to be declared in the
Dutch Caribbean. The park is divided into two sections, which are spatially separated. The northern park
area is known locally as Boven (Boven sub sector) and the southern park area is known as The Quill (Quill
sub sector). Adjacent to The Quill is a Botanical Garden, which is also managed by the park.

The Boven sub-sector encompasses hills, which are the remnants of an extinct volcano, on the northern side
of the island. These include Boven, Bergje, Venus and Gilboa Hills as well as Signal Hill. The total surface
area is approximately 320ha.

The Quill sub-sector includes the volcano above 250 metres as well as the inside walls of the crater and the
adjacent south-eastern side of the White Wall/Sugar Loaf, a very prominent limestone intrusion on the south
west of The Quill. The total surface area is approximately 220ha.

The Miriam Schmidt Botanical Garden is adjacent to the boundary of the Quill sub sector of the National Park
and extends for 5.3ha across the southern slopes of the Quill. This land was granted as a lease from the
Island Government to STENAPA in 1999 and is subject to regulations controlling development and access.
The Garden is fenced to prevent entry by roaming livestock.


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St Eustatius National Marine Park was established in 1996, predating the land park by one year. It
encompasses the entire coastline of St Eustatius from the high water mark to the 30 metre depth contour,
covering an area of 27,500 hectares. The distance of the Marine Park boundary from shore varies between 1
and 3km depending on the slope of the sea bottom. Within the Marine Park are two well defined and actively
managed reserves in which no fishing or anchoring are allowed. The reserves were established to conserve
marine biodiversity, restore fish stocks and promote sustainable tourism.

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The staff and board of St Eustatius National Parks Foundation developed a range of goals to pursue through
2009. These have been addressed through the operations of the St Eustatius National Marine Park, the
Quill/Boven National Park and Botanical Garden. There were no changes within the board and two new staff
members were employed in the course of the year, and three staff members left the organisation. The
majority of staff capacity (40%) was used on field operations. The area of communication and education
accounted for 16% of staff time in 2009.

A range of reports and plans were produced in 2009 including the 2008 Annual Report, 2009 Quill/Boven
National Park and Botanical Garden Management Plan and the government approved marine zoning plan.
Office administration was carried out by all staff members to some extent accounting for the time staff
spent working with computers, filing and on other office-based tasks such as weekly scheduling meetings.
Formal patrols within the terrestrial park and marine park, trail maintenance and mooring maintenance took
significant amounts of time.

In order to keep a record of the changing environment, 18 monitoring programmes were carried out, 13 were
related to marine activities, four were related to terrestrial activities and one covered both marine and
terrestrial data collection.

Legal issues have also been dealt with; 26 incidents were logged or had written reports and two resulted in
fines being issued. Eight key issues were lobbied on, including the collection of fees from tankers and the
proposed development of the Venus Bay area as a tourist resort. STENAPA was an advisory body for
several issues including installation of moorings and European Overseas Territory projects.

STENAPA works with 25 stakeholders and partners on issues relating to the marine environment and 20
stakeholders on issues relating to the terrestrial environment including the Tourism Department, other
NGO's, schools, as well as international organizations. STENAPA worked with partners and developed five
successful funding applications whilst 24 'Friends' contributed to the Friends of STENAPA Scheme.

STENAPA's staff members have been very busy working on many programmes relating to communication
and education. Information distribution continues via website updates, the development of new guides and
materials, press releases, monthly radio programmes and television programmes about the activities of
STENAPA. 'The STENAPA Update' Newsletter was also published four times in 2009.

Training programmes run by STENAPA involved staff from other DCNA organizations, fishermen, volunteers,
interns and local students. Courses aimed at children were also organised during 2009, including Snorkel
Club, Advanced Snorkel Club, Junior Ranger 1 and 2, and Summer Club. A specific school curriculum and
set of lesson plans was developed and implemented at four primary schools in September; a total of 370
participants took part in planned school activities every month. A total of 662 individuals took part in 97 other
outreach activities including Presentations, Guided hikes, Tours, Trails, Talks and other activities.

The Manager of STENAPA, Nicole Esteban attended eight meetings relating to work as the Chair of the
DCNA, and two other overseas meetings. Staff members also travelled, taking part in a range of
conservation related workshops, diver training, book keeping training, first aid course, a DAN 02 course and
landscaping training.

Undoubtedly, the highlight of the year was the three weeks of activities to celebrate the 10 year anniversary
of the Miriam C Schmidt Botanical Garden. The events were advertised via posters, newspaper and cable
television documentaries and over three hundred members of the local community, as well as tourists, were
involved in a wide range of activities during the first week, including guided tours, scavenger hunt, full moon
garden tour and dinner, children garden fete, opening of the children's garden and school competition.
Commemorative banners with information about the garden development were placed at the public pavilion
and a guide book to the Botanical Garden was launched. Every primary school class visited the Botanical
Garden for tours and activities during the second and third week.

The 2009 Quill/Boven National Park and Botanical Garden management plan was finalised and STENAPA
distributed CD copies of the management plan to island stakeholders involved with development and
implementation of the plan, including the Island Council, Tourist Office and Legal Office. The management
plan was presented to the public via media including the newspaper and STENAPA newsletter, and made
available on our website.

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A strategic decision to postpone the primary school lesson programme in 2008 and focus on development of
a new school lesson programme was hugely successful. Many meetings were held with primary school
principals to ascertain the curriculum content, scope and optimum lesson plans for nature and environment.
With funding from Stichting Doen through DCNA, school teacher, Maaike Patrick, was contracted to develop
40 lesson plans and to guide STENAPA staff members to teach these lessons within the primary schools.
The new lessons were launched in September, staff members visit the same schools each month. and
lessons have progressed smoothly with extremely positive feedback from teachers at each school. Lesson
topics range from medicinal plants, to butterflies, birds, sharks and marine mammals. School outings include
visits to the Quill, Gilboa Hill, Zeelandia Beach and Botanical Garden.

National Park development took a giant leap forward with the opening of the newly prepared and signed
Gilboa Hill trail network in early 2009. The new network includes four trails (Butterfly trail, Gilboa ridge 1,
ridge 2 and ridge 3) that are interlinked and clearly signposted. The trails cross many historical plantation
boundary and erosion control walls and lead visitors to outstanding features such as Gilboa Fort and ruins of
a sugar mill plantation.

The highlight of the 2009 research and monitoring activities was the commencement of twice yearly bird
population monitoring, in January and June. Following the declaration of the Quill and Boven as Important
Bird Areas (IBAs) in 2008, Vogelbescherming Netherlands, through DCNA, funded the establishment of a
monitoring framework for bird populations, and staff members were trained in bird identification and
monitoring. The results of the bird monitoring showed that 20 different species of birds were observed in this
study, totalling 679 individuals. Seven of nine species listed as key species for St Eustatius by Bird Life
International were observed during the 2009 survey.

Benefits from stakeholder involvement of the Marine Park and National Park and Botanical Garden
management plans have been evident in the past year. Both management plans are considered integrally
within annual planning and objectives for the parks, and proposed activities have been carried out, for
* Development of a Lionfish Action Plan, development of a list of invasive species in the Dutch Caribbean
and attendance of a workshop about invasive species management in Guadeloupe; and
* Assistance for fishermen to reduce loss of fish traps, funding was granted by NFWF to organise several
joint patrols for ghost traps and boundary identification, response to fish trap loss reports and a 2 day
training workshop for 27 fishermen during 2009, and these activities continue in 2010 with a request for a
repeat workshop for some fishermen who were off-island during the first workshop.

The next phase of development of the Botanical Garden was finalised with the opening of the new Children's
Garden in December 2009. This Garden has a pavilion for school and family groups, several playground
areas and interactive play areas, as well as a hidden trail through native woodland. The Garden was opened
during the 10 year anniversary of the Botanical Garden with over 100 children present for an afternoon of fun

Public information was taken to the next level with the in-house completion of three guide books for the
National Parks: Diver guide to the Statia National Marine Park (200 pages), Hiker guide to the Quill / Boven
National Park (40 pages) and Guide to the Miriam C Schmidt Botanical Garden (40 pages). Completion of
these Guides were made possible by Prince Bernhard Nature Funds (through DCNA), Stichting Doen and
Prince Bernhard Culture Funds Netherlands Antilles and Aruba. Guide books were delivered at end 2009
and early 2010 for free distribution to schools and clubs, as well as sale to visitors. In conjunction with
preparation of these guide books, technical assistance was received from Staatsbosbeheer for preparation of
new dive and trail maps featured in this report.

Financial issues and sustainability of the park management continued to take priority on the list of annual
objectives. The Island Government increased the annual subsidy by Naf 75,000 which enabled some
operational costs to be covered. DCNA granted the last Essential Operational Support as a loan on the basis
of repayment when tanker fees are collected. Invoicing of tankers anchoring in the Marine Park commenced
in April 2009 with support from the Island Government. As a result, a series of discussions took place with
the oil trans-shipment company about the legislated tanker anchorage fees. Although no outcome had been
agreed by end 2009, further discussions are anticipated in 2010.

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The education programme has continued to develop with four types of after-school clubs organised during
the year, namely Snorkel Club, Advanced Snorkel Club, Junior Rangers 1 and Junior Rangers 2. Activities
for the third Summer Club intensified with interactive games and gardening activities at the Botanical
Garden, a variety of hikes to various locations in the National Park plus a hiking day trip to Saba thanks to
new collaboration and financial support from Child Focus Saba. Plans for implementation of a systemised
and planned primary school curriculum about nature and environment were realized in September 2009 with
staff members teaching at the four primary schools each month.

Research and monitoring activities have further developed with a number of new projects underway, both in-
house and in conjunction with visiting researchers. In-house projects included assessment of the impacts of
a green algal bloom in May, survey for Flamingo Tongue molluscs, data collection for an economic valuation
of the coral reefs, preparation of a coral reef bleaching response plan, bird population assessment and
orchid growth data collection. Collaboration with a number of researchers included data collection assistance
for two PhD students (to collect and analyse sediment from a number of traps in the Marine Park throughout
the year, to collect and analyse samples of Corallita to compare properties of various populations in the
Caribbean and identify factors enhancing its invasive properties), identification of diversity and characteristics
of orchid populations, collaboration with sea bird population assessment, field assistance with assessment of
bat diversity, and field collection for inventory of marine molluscs. Many of these projects continue through

Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance: the relationship with DCNA continued to develop in 2009 with participation
by the Manager in a number of DCNA-related meetings, including Board meetings, public presentations
(Netherlands) and planning meetings of the Executive Committee. The Board of STENAPA is very aware of
the importance of DCNA as the umbrella foundation of the nature conservation organizations of the six
islands of the Dutch Caribbean to the future sustainability of STENAPA, both in terms of financing, capacity
improvements and as an information network. DCNA funded a number of staff ranger exchanges, training
courses and bird monitoring. Through DCNA, we have increased contact with neighboring park
organizations and ability to have staff exchanges, loan staff and share equipment.
Stichting Doen: the grant to sustain operations and improve infrastructure and equipment came to an end in
December 2008. Some of the activities and products of the grant were realized in 2009, such as arrival of the
patrol boat, completion of the cliff retaining wall to protect the National Park Visitor Centre from cliff erosion,
implementation of 40 lesson plans for primary school students for an education programme provided by staff
and distribution of a 40 page National Park Guide.
WIDECAST: we continue to be a member of WIDECAST and to adopt WIDECAST protocols in the sea turtle
conservation programme. We attend the annual meetings prior to the International Symposium meeting.
Three staff members attended the early 2009 annual meeting in St Kitts in December 2008.
Working Abroad: this NGO markets and recruits for our volunteer conservation programme, arranging for the
groups of volunteers to come to Statia to assist STENAPA with turtle monitoring, Botanical Garden
development and National Park trail construction. Volunteers come for periods of 1-6 months and camp at
the Botanical Garden.

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STENAPA is the body charged with the management of the Statia National Marine Park, Quill / Boven
National Park and Miriam Schmidt Botanical Garden. It is a foundation registered locally on St Maarten and
governed by a volunteer Board of nine local people. The day to day management of the Foundation is
carried out by staff along with various part time consultants, interns and volunteers. The Parks Manager,
Nicole Esteban, is also the STENAPA representative on the Board of the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance.

St Eustatius National Parks Foundation has a permanent Board, which oversees Foundation activities
(Marine Park, National Park, Botanical Garden, other) and directs overall strategy. Elected Board members
have additional responsibilities in accordance with respective positions. Board meeting intervals were
established in 2005 with new Statutes so that monthly meetings take place, as well as emergency meetings.

Table 1 STENAPA board members

Position Name Representing
President Irving Brown
Vice President Ronald Courtar
Secretary Ingrid Walther Scubaqua dive centre 2007
Treasurer Ruth Pandt Island Government Beautification Committee
Member Jana Mason
Member Kay Boyd
Member Daniel Eaton
Member Ira Walker
Member Pamela Berkel Statia Pride

There were no changes in board membership in 2009. In 2003, the Board invited the local fishermen and the
Island Government to nominate a representative to the Board. These two positions remain open.
There were two active committees in 2009: the Executive Committee and the Botanical Garden Committee.

Executive Committee
Every two years the Board of STENAPA elects four Board officers (President, Vice President, Treasurer,
Secretary) from its ordinary members. The last elections for the Executive Committee took place in April
2008. The Executive Committee is charged with taking urgent decisions, overseeing the affairs of STENAPA
between meetings, ensuring that the decisions of the Board are implemented and that the affairs of
STENAPA are conducted in a proper manner at all times

The Executive Committee consists of the following officers:
President Irving Brown
Vice President Ronald Courtar
Secretary Ingrid Walther
Treasurer Ruth Pandt

Botanical Garden Committee
This Committee was implemented in 2003 as a means for the Board to monitor ongoing activities and
progress in the Miriam Schmidt Botanical Garden. Board members having an interest, and/or experience in
botany, are eligible for appointment. This Committee meets every two months to review progress in the
Garden, and set objectives for the forthcoming period. The Committee reports to the Board. The Botanical
Garden Committee consists of two Board members and staff members responsible for implementation of
activities. The Committee is also assisted by the Botanical Garden intern.

Board member Jana Mason
Board member Ira Walker
Manager Nicole Esteban
Ranger for Botanical Garden Carlton van Putten

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In 2009 STENAPA had eight well qualified and experienced members of staff with over 29 years of practical
experience. They are lead by Nicole Esteban who has been working with STENAPA and managing the
terrestrial and marine parks, visitor centre and Botanical Gardens since 2003. In 2009 a new Marine Park
Manager and Ranger were hired to replace two staff members who left the organisation. Carlton Van Putten
(Ranger 4) left STENAPA in December 2009 and was not replaced with a permanent member of staff.

Table 2 STENAPA staff members

Position Initial Start year Academic qualification Dive qualification
Manager Nicole Esteban 2003 MSc Dive Master

Ranger 2 Nadio Spanner 2005 BVO Rescue diver
Ranger 3 Hannah Madden 2007 Diploma Rescue diver

Office Manager Violet Busby 2005 Diploma None
Administrator 1 Jessica Berkel 2007 Diploma Advanced
Marine Park Manager Tadzio Bervoets 2009 MSc Dive Master
Ranger Laszlo Charles 2009 BVO Advanced
Staff members in pale type left STENAPA in 2009.

Extra qualifications
The extra qualifications listed in the table below have been identified by experts and through the
Management Success Project as important qualifications for Protected Area staff to have. The capacity of
the staff to carry out management work is dependent on the experience, academic qualifications and extra
qualifications of the staff. STENAPA staff members have the following additional qualifications:

Table 3 STENAPA staff additional qualifications

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In house training for staff included practical skills necessary for dinghy and patrol boat driving, and mooring
installation. Interns and volunteers each received orientation about the volunteer and intern programmes and
history of STENAPA, Botanical Garden development, trail building and turtle nesting patrols. Twelve external
training courses were attended by staff in 2009, taking a total of 76 days of staff time in attendance and
travel, these are summarised in the table below including:

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Table 4 External training courses in 2009

Training Trainer Traine Dates
course e
DAN Scubaqua Nicole February
Oxygen Dive Centre Esteba 09
Administrati n
on Lee
Lionfish Reef Jessic April 09
awareness a
Office STINAPA Violet June 09
Manager Bonaire Busby
exchange Ruth
(DCNA) Pandt
Sustainabilit Sustainabilit Nicole June 09
y Challenge y Challenge Esteba
Foundation n
Reef NOAA Jessic June 09
Resilience a
training Berkel
PADI Dive Statia Laszlo July 09
Advanced Charle
Diver s
Landscapin St Eustatius Hanna August -
g Lawn Tourism h Septemb
Beautificatio Developme Madde er 09
n nt n
PADI Scubaqua Jessic Septemb
Rescue Dive Centre a er 09
Diver Berkel
PADI Scubaqua Violet Septemb
Emergency Dive Centre Busby er 09
First Nicole
Responder Esteba

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Dive Centre



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Consultants and outsourcing
STENAPA had 14 consultants, contractors and researchers carrying out work in 2009, including:

Table 5 STENAPA consultants

Name Work carried out
VerSant accountants Annual financial report
RJ van Oosten Design work / website
Duncan MacRae / CZM Completion of The Quill/Boven National Park and Botanical Garden Management Plan
Geert Pieters Computer maintenance
Antek Payroll/Tax software provision
Dia Busby Construction of pavilion
Jasper Kuipers Trail map
Susan Hewitt Mollusc collection
Janelle Burke Corallita invasive properties
Chantelle Begin Sedimentation
Scott Pederson Bat inventory
Katherine Lowrie Seabird monitoring
Adrian del Nevo Bird inventory and training
Jim Ackerman Orchid specialist


STENAPA continues to arrange for volunteers to come as Marine Park, National Park and Botanical Garden
Interns. It is expected that these volunteers have relevant qualifications or experience in these fields, and
that they assist with coordination for the Working Abroad volunteers, particularly in the National Park (trail
maintenance, sign building, species monitoring, etc), Botanical Garden (planting, maintenance, garden
development, etc) and Marine Park (turtle monitoring, mooring cleaning, etc). The 13 international interns
that assisted STENAPA in 2009 carried out a total of 142 weeks of work addressing core tasks of the
protected areas.

Four local volunteers carried out a total of four weeks' work assisting with administration, Reef Check, the
plastics campaign and the turtle programme.

Working Abroad, a UK based volunteer organisation has supported the Statia Conservation Project since
early 2003. Groups of up to eight volunteers visit for a period of two months to work on the Marine Park, the
Quill National Park and the Botanical Garden. A contribution of $1267 is received from each volunteer to
cover the costs of camping at the Botanical Garden, use of a truck and for project costs. In 2009, 29
international volunteers carried out a total of 157 weeks of work, mainly helping with turtle monitoring and the
maintenance of trails in The Quill/Boven National Park and Botanical Garden.

Time Use %

Working with
Communication Administration
and education

Research and

Field Operations

Division of volunteer and intern time between Marine
and Terrestrial Work

Volunteer and intern division of time spent on core
management tasks

Figure 5 Aspects of volunteer and intern work

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Operational management is the term chosen by DCNA to describe the day to day work of a protected area.
These tasks are described in more detail in an appendix to this report. The various aspects of operational
management are:

In 2009 58% of STENAPA's staff capacity was spent on work relating to the marine environment, with the
remaining 42% spent on terrestrial issues.

Figure 6 Staff capacity division between TPA and MPA

The charts below show how the staff time is divided between the Operational Management tasks. The charts
take into account how much time individual staff members spent working at the organisation throughout the
year i.e. if they were full or part time, or if they started or finished working part way through the year.

In St Eustatius National Marine Park, Field Operations took 37% of staff time, Research and Monitoring
(14%) and Communication (13%) took the most significant remaining shares of staff capacity.


and education

Policy and aw -- Kesearcll and
enforcement monitoring

Figure 7 St Eustatius National Marine Park staff capacity division between core management tasks.

In The Quill/Boven National Park and Botanical Garden,
Communication and Education took 18% of staff time in 2009.


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Field Operations took 43% of staff time, and


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Figure 8 Quill/Boven National Park and Botanical Garden staff capacity division between core
management tasks.

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The general objectives for 2009, including objectives for the organisation, for St Eustatius National Marine
Park, Quill / Boven National Park and Miriam C Schmidt Botanical Garden, were discussed and agreed at
Board Meetings in January-February 2009. Rather than discussing progress against these goals in a
separate section, comments are included on progress against each objective within the same table.
Table 6 STENAPA actions for 2009
Goal Time frame

Financial sustainability: to continue to strive
for financial sustainability of the Parks by
means of various projects:
Tanker fee collection.
Fundraise to cover our budget shortfall.
Publicity about guided hikes.
Active participation in DCNA
Participate in lobbying for nature to be
considered during constitutional
Special projects (e.g. volunteer/intern

The Executive Council gave their approval for
STENAPA to go ahead with tanker fee collection in
September 2008. A meeting took place with Nustar
Energy management in January 2009 to notify of the
Marine Park tanker anchorage fee commencement from
1st April 2009. A Vessel Monitoring System subscription
commenced to enable monitoring of the tanker details
and positions in the Marine Park and enable invoicing.
At end March, Nustar Energy documented opposition to
the fee. STENAPA started sending invoices for tankers
anchoring in the Marine Park from 1st April and
continued throughout the year, with invoices amounting
to over $250,000 for 2009. A number of meetings took
place during the year but without result.

DCNA granted a loan for essential operational support
to STENAPA to help cover operational costs such as
salaries, utilities, transportation. The amount was not
sufficient to cover the budgetary deficit caused by the
lack of income from tanker fees and therefore
STENAPA appealed to the island government for
increased subsidy during a Central Committee meeting
in October. An increase in island government subsidy of
Naf 75,000 was granted in November.

Fundraising efforts took place to cover the budgetary
shortfall but were unsuccessful. A lot of funds have
become unavailable due to the constitutional change.
The Ministry responsible for Nature (Ministrie LNV) did
not make any funding available for nature conservation
in 2009. The Manager visited the Netherlands on two
occasions to assist with lobbying for support for nature
conservation in the Dutch Caribbean.

An application to Prince Bernhard Culture Fund
Netherlands Antilles and Aruba for printing of a
Botanical Garden guidebook was successful and Naf
8,500 granted. A grant of US$17,000 was received from
the National Fishery and Wildlife Foundation for a
fishermen education training to reduce ghost fish traps.
Two funding applications for turtle conservation and for
marine park monitoring were unsuccessful.

Sponsorship requests for Summer Club and for
Botanical Garden anniversary events were fairly
successful with US$1000 received from Eutel for
Summer Club and various small monetary and in-kind
donations received for the anniversary events.

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Education programme: A teacher was contracted to develop 40 lesson plans for
Assist contracted teacher with primary schools: 10 monthly lessons for 4 different age
development of ten lesson plans for groups. The lesson plans were completed in July and a

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four different school age groups for
primary schools.
Organise training by contracted
teacher of four designated staff in
implementation of lessons in schools.
Coordinate lesson plan schedule for
2009/10 academic year with the four
primary schools.
Initiate monthly lessons at the schools
in September 2009.
Acquire sponsorship and organise
Summer Club 2009.
Coordinate Junior Rangers 1 and II
groups, and run snorkel club (basic
and advanced) sessions throughout
the year.
Assist schools with Marine and
National Park field work and increase
Park awareness.

Plastic bag campaign:
Re-stock our eco-bag supply, sell eco-
bags to shops (at slight profit) and
take-away restaurants for onward sale,
and encourage more shops to sell eco-
bags and promote re-usable bags.
Continue public awareness to reduce
use of plastic bags, e.g. through
Encourage Executive Council to follow
up with control on import of plastic
bags and plastic containers.
Board, staff and volunteers to lead by
Public awareness:
Continue monthly radio programme
with topics about current activities in
parks, about STENAPA and about
specific research.
Continue quarterly newsletters.
Arrange annual meeting and
programmes for celebrations of 10th
anniversary Botanical Garden.
Produce press releases for all
significant events and visitors.
Provide logistical support for the
SHAPE group of professional nature
photographers on Statia in March (to
take photos of scenery, plants, birds
and animals, as well as arrange art
experience with the nature artist at the
Botanical Garden).
Promote information about land crabs
and their life cycle, e.g. with website

Time frame
training session took place for staff in August.

Meetings took place with school principals in April and
June to confirm logistics and lesson content. A schedule
for 2009/2010 academic year monthly school lessons
and outings was prepared and agreed with school
principals in August. Staff commenced monthly school
visits in September. School lessons took place in
September, October and November. Two weeks of
outings to the Botanical Garden and Quill were
organised in December for every primary school class.

Sponsorship for summer club was received from Eutel
and six weeks of activities organised (four half days per
week). An exchange took place with Child Focus
foundation in Saba who funded a trip to Saba for
Summer Club children to hike there for the day.

All children in Junior Ranger clubs I and II graduated in
June. Two new Junior Ranger clubs commenced in
September with many returning club members. Two
basic and one advanced Snorkel Clubs were organised.

The 2004 stock of eco-bags was finally sold out early
2009 and a stock of new larger green eco-bag with
Friends of STENAPA logo (made from recycled plastic
bags) was purchased.

A volunteer assisted with the project and sold bags to
many shops during 2009, and a large number of new
shops joined the scheme.

STENAPA assisted with the government project for a
Clean and Beautiful Statia when requested.

The monthly radio programme continued with topical or
research oriented discussions each month lead by staff

Four quarterly newsletters were distributed.

A three week programme of events to commemorate the
10 year anniversary of the Botanical Garden took place
from 29th November.

Press releases were sent out about all notable events,
including Botanical Garden anniversary, every visit by
researchers, major oil spill, and more.

A group of wildlife photographers visited in March and
donated all photos from the week's visit. Logistic support
(transport, guided hikes) was provided every day for
sunrise and sunset photography. A very sad event took
place at the time, when Slovak photographer, Miroslav
Zumrik drowned during a swim off Zeelandia Beach.

A new type of public awareness commenced with the
September edition of STENAPA update. A two page
feature "STENAPA Extra Focus on Statia species"
presented information about crabs and tarantulas in the

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Goal Time frame
Quill. The December newsletter presented two forms of
symbiosis, one on land and one in sea.
Legislation handbook: The Legislation Handbook was reviewed with staff
Review Legislation Handbook with staff members in a workshop. All staff members completed a
members. quiz based on using the Legislation Handbook.
Arrange and executive training
workshop about Legislation Handbook A meeting took place with the Harbour Master and
with police. Police Inspector to hand over Legislation Handbooks but
no training was organised.
Staff training: Two park exchanges took place with Saba funded by
Arrange suitable training and park DCNA. One exchange with three Marine Park staff to
exchanges for staff. learn about mooring installation and assist Saba
Training for boat captains in 4 stroke National Marine Park with new mooring installations.
engine maintenance and repair. The second was for two staff members to assist Saba
Geographical Information Systems Conservation Foundation with bird monitoring.
(GIS) training for staff (through DCNA)
Bird ecology course for staff (through It was not considered necessary for training in 4 stroke
DCNA) engine maintenance. The new patrol boat Blue Runner
was taken to St Maarten for engine maintenance.

GIS training was postponed and the Bird ecology course
was postponed till 2010.

One staff member attended a landscaping training
course organised by the Tourism Department.

Two staff members attended training about Coral Reef
Resilience monitoring and about Lionfish Action Plan,
funded by DCNA.

One staff member attended a training course about
consensus building, negotiation and mutual gains
approach sponsored by Natuurmonumenten.
Staff handbook: A draft Staff Handbook was circulated to the Board in
Prepare draft handbook for staff August 2009. The Board has not yet completed review
operational procedures for the of the Handbook.
Executive Board to review.
Review handbook with staff, finalise
and distribute.
Marine Park Infrastructure An additional reserve marker buoy was installed along
In the Southern Reserve, install a the Southern boundary of the Southern Marine Reserve.
reserve marker buoy between the This marker buoy has also formed a new dive site called
South-Eastern marker and the 'Outer Limits'.
Southwestern marker buoys to provide
a better Marine Park reference. Blue Runner arrived on 2nd January and was
Set up the new Marine park boat Blue ceremoniously launched mid January by the former
Runner with a full suite of instruments Harbour Master.
and safety equipment.
Manage project with ReefBall when ReefBall project funding was unsuccessful.
funding is assigned.
Enhance fish recruitment with Artificial No additional artificial reefs were installed.
Reef deployment.
Include the Marine Park boundary, The nautical charts were revised with notations by the
reserves, anchor zones and proposed Netherlands Hydrographic Office and new charts
motorized water sport zone on to the published in June.
Nautical Charts.
Turtle conservation programme: Beach work continued with boulder protection in oil
Continuation of beach work to include drums to prevent vehicle access to the beach. The
boulder protection, beautification water table investigation was postponed.

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through planting and a water table
Continue with the sea turtle nesting
monitoring program as in 2008 with
additional hatching success
investigations and better collaboration.
Adapt patrols to be more effective,
every night for abundant Leatherbacks
and mornings only for hard shell
species if the season resembles 2008.
Implement an experimental hatchery
as a tool for habitat suitability.
Employ an improved marking system
to allow easier location and excavation
of nests.
Enhance turtle section of the summer
club program and improve upon turtle
related outreach to the community and
Place information about regulations at
Airport Arrivals.
Research and Monitoring:
Employ a reef monitoring system that
focuses on coral reef health and
resilience. Adopt the same system as
STINAPA Bonaire for comparability of
the Dutch islands to be discussed in
a workshop organised by DCNA.
Source funding and commence a
monitoring programme to investigate
water quality, nutrient indicator algae,
sedimentation and disease of corals in
the Marine Park.
Design and implement a fishermen
involved project to assess the Statia
fishery including conch, lobster and fin
Enforcement and awareness
Increase policing for tankers anchored
inside the Marine Park using new
resources: AIS, Legislation Handbook
and Maps.
Increase patrolling for non resident
fishermen fishing in Statian waters and
enforce a follow up protocol enforced.
Enhance dive boat policing for tags,
artefacts, marine life, etc with an
inspection form for Park Rangers.
Facilitate and teach the dive guide
training workshop for local instructors
(DCNA project).
Run a fishermen workshop on the
deployment of a new pop up buoy
system using GPS for trap recovery.
Improve communication and
collaboration between STENAPA,
Harbour, Coastguard, Police and the
island prosecutor. Develop a clear
enforcement protocol understood by

Time frame
Sea turtle nest monitoring continued with similar
methodology and a trial hatchery to investigate options
to increase hatching success.

Nests were marked under sand in order to aid in nest
relocation with considerable increased success in nest
relocation as a result.

A dedicated afternoon session about sea turtles took
place each week of Summer Club.

All activities of the sea turtle conservation programme in
2009 are described in a separate report.

Two staff members attended a Coral Reef Resilience
monitoring training in Bonaire and plans are underwater
to commence this monitoring early 2010.

A funding application for a monitoring programme about
nutrients was unsuccessful. In collaboration with
research by a PhD student, sedimentation monitoring
commenced in 2009.

The results of the 2008 fish census finfishh, conch and
lobster) were published as an MSc thesis.

Monitoring of tankers increased in 2009 and a number
of violation reports completed. On one occasion, a
tanker that had anchored outside of the anchorage zone
was boarded by Marine Park staff and a fine and
damages invoice paid before the tanker was allowed to
clear port.

Patrols of reserves increased during 2009 with a
number of encounters with illegal fishermen during
weekend patrols.

The dive guide training workshop was postponed till
2010. A new briefing system for new instructors was

A fishermen workshop took place in December about
use of environmentally friendly fish traps, use of pop up
devices, and use of GPS units. A presentation about
shark protection was also given.

Increased collaboration with the Coastguard resulted in
some joint patrols and activities.

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Goal | Time frame
Quill/Boven National Park Management Plan The Management Plan was completed and presented to
2009: all stakeholders in January and February.
Distribute management plan to
Review management plan with relevant
staff to commence implementation.
Improve information about Quill sub-sector Text and images were finalised for the 10 interpretation
of National Park: signs for the Quill sub-sector. Text and images were
Finalise text and images for the 10 given to the graphic designer in September and design
interpretation signs for trail network. is underway.
Send text and images for graphic
design and printing (already funded). The Quill trail entrance was beautified with a new
Beautify the entrance to the Quill trail. awareness sign about trail tags and some additional tree
Quill / Boven National Park guide: Text and images were completed for the 40 page trail
Finalise text and images for the 40 guide by early February. New trail maps were completed
page guide. by Staatsbosbeheer in March. Graphic design was
Send text and images for graphic completed in April, however a computer network crash
design and printing (already funded). deleted the directory so graphic design re-commenced.
Distribute guides to school classes and Print ready files were sent to the printing company in
sell to hikers. September and proofs approved in November. Printing
is underway.
Plant inventory: The second fieldwork visit was postponed due to lack of
Continue to collect flowering plants and funding. An application by the New York Botanical
press in preparation for second Garden to complete the inventory is underway.
fieldwork visit and as a follow-up.
Support funding application by New
York Botanical Garden for second
fieldwork visit and follow-up research.
Once funding is awarded, assist with
fieldwork visits.
Bird monitoring: Bird monitoring took place in January and June. Results
Implement recommended monitoring were analysed as an intern project and final report
programme. expected in January.
Follow up on data analysis and
reporting through DCNA project. Comments were sent to DCNA for the bird identification
Assist with DCNA project to develop sheet and bird guide mid 2009. Preparation is
bird identification sheet and bird guide. underway.
Boven sub-sector: The SECAR report on the archaeology survey in the
Work with SECAR to finalise reporting Northern Hills in 2008 is still underway.
on archaeology survey carried out
June-September 2008. No Venus Bay Committee meetings took place as the
Continue with participation on Venus proposed developer withdrew due to the economic
Bay Committee, as appointed by recession. Some information was given to a new
Executive Council, and carry out prospective golf course developer.
activities as defined by Committee.
Encroachment on Quill sub-sector: The new construction work around the Quill boundary
Carefully monitor new construction has been routinely monitored to ensure it is outside of
work along the boundaries of the Quill the boundary, including the radio transmitter
sub-sector. construction and Knippinga development.
As requested by Kadaster, prepare
information brochure about the A copy of the National Park management plan and
regulations of the National Park for Legislation Handbook was handed to the Ag Kadaster to
public awareness, particularly aimed at inform the department of regulations.
contractors and land owners.
Roaming animals: A gun license application was submitted by ranger
Arrange staff training for gun control of Nadio Spanner. The permit was not issued.
roaming animals in the National Park.
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Goal Time frame
Control goats, chickens and dogs (if appears to be less with no further reports of wild dogs.
necessary) in the Quill sub-sector.
Trail maintenance: The trails' system maintenance continued in the Quill
Maintain the trails' system in their sub-sector with routine maintenance.
current state.
Start to construct the Gilboa trail A network of Gilboa Hill trails was opened with signage
system, and Boven trail (if road to in March. The road to Venus Bay is inaccessible so no
Venus Bay is accessible) trail maintenance was possible on Boven Hill.
Produce directional signage for the
Boven sub-sector. No parking options were found for hikers going from the
Investigate parking options for hikers Quill. A resident reported continued problems and
leaving cars at Quill entrance. therefore hikers to be advised to park on Rosemary
Clear minimal vegetation at viewpoints Lane or on the concrete road below the turn off.
to allow hikers a view.
It is not possible to clear vegetation at viewpoints due to
the size of the trees. However, new viewpoints are
appearing as large trees are blown down in high winds.

Phase 1 maintenance: Phase 1 was maintained throughout the year by ranger,
Continue with plant care and interns and volunteers. Maintenance would not be
maintenance in the Sensory Garden, possible without interns and volunteers.
Lookout Garden and Palm Garden.
Maintain plants in the shadehouse and New plants for the Fruit Garden were propagated in the
propagate for new plants in Phase 1 shadehouse.
and 2.
Fruit Garden: The Fruit Garden maintenance is limited to control of
Continue with Corallita control around vegetation growth around young fruit trees.
young and mature trees.
Keep vegetation growth at a minimum Interpretation signage arrived and will be framed and
around young fruit trees. mounted in early 2010.
Install interpretation signage in the five
different fruit tree garden areas.
Children Garden: Construction of the Children Garden pavilion was
Complete construction of pavilion with completed in September with the exception of the solar
power and irrigation system for system and guttering, to be installed in early 2010.
Children's Garden.
Landscape, construct stone walls, All playground equipment installation was completed in
grass and install playground equipment 2009 and the Garden was officially opened in
in Children's Garden. December.
Install interpretation sign in Children
Garden. The interpretation sign arrived and will be framed and
mounted in early 2010.
Public information: Due to lack of capacity, marking of plants in phase 1
Continue with preparation of plant was not a priority. This is postponed till 2010.
markers for all plants of phase 1.
Complete plant inventory for all plants
in phase 1 and the Fruit Garden.
Botanical Garden guide: An application for printing a Botanical Garden guide was
Finalise text, images and graphic submitted to Prince Bernhard Culture Fund in early
design for Guide to Botanical Garden. 2009. The grant was awarded in September. Final text,
Seek funding for Botanical Garden images and graphic design was completed in-house in
Garden and arrange printing October. The first 100 copies of the Botanical Garden
Distribute Botanical Garden guide to guide were available to hand out to visitors of the
schools, library and general public, as Garden during the 10 year anniversary events.
well as on sale through shop.
Shipment arrival and distribution of the Guide will take
place in 2010.
Educational visits Most primary school classes visited the Garden for fun
Organise school visits to the Botanical outings in June at the end of the school year.
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Goal Time frame
with educational activities for groups at There were organised outings with tours and
the Garden. educational activities in the 2nd and 3rd week of
December for every primary school class.
Control Corallita: The road crews contracted by DROB department clear
Encourage follow up on Corallita along the roadsides during their routine
recommendations of pilot project with maintenance.
government and public, and through 'A
Clean, Beautiful and Safe Statia' STENAPA participated in a workshop to prepare a plan
project. for invasive species on the French Antilles. Contacts
Encourage legislation to control were made with other groups working on Corallita.
Corallita, emphasising that it's a fire
hazard. Lobbying took place for more attention by the research
Control Corallita at the Botanical programme of Ministry LNV to be placed towards
Garden as a demonstration site. Corallita as a problem invasive species.
Invite assistance from Statia Oil
Terminal volunteer group to assist with A letter was sent to the Statia Oil Terminal volunteer
Corallita control at the Botanical group to ask for assistance with Corallita control and
Garden. road clearing to the Botanical Garden.
10 year anniversary of the Botanical A three week programme of events at the Botanical
Garden: Garden took place from 29th November in order to
Celebrate 10 years of the Garden with commemorate the 10 year anniversary and included
a week of events at the Garden, school visits, daily tours, launch of new guide book,
combining with opening of the Children opening of Children's Garden, full moon tour and food
Garden and launch of the Botanical sale, scavenger hunt and commemorative banner and
Garden guide. poster.

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Reporting: In 2009 staff produced five different reports and 52 weekly management reports to the Board of
STENAPA. Individual reports included the Annual report 2008, Financial Report 2008, Tank inventory report
for dive centres, Annual audit (completed by Ernst and Young) and a Dive site visit report.

Planning: In 2009 STENAPA finalised and implemented the government approved 2009 Quill/Boven
National Park and Botanical Garden Management Plan. A government approved marine zoning plan was
also produced in 2009 with a map of zone use (including a motorised water sports zone, tanker anchorage
zone and a no anchorage zone). Other plans produced include The Annual Action Plan, Annual Budget and
a calendar of activities given to the board. The government approved Marine Park Management Plan
produced in late 2007 continued to be implemented throughout 2009.

Financial reporting included the production of a budget for 2009, an annual overview of profit and loss and
an annual Payroll Report. The audit of the financial report for 2009 is scheduled in April 2010.

Staff meetings were held weekly throughout 2009 and schedules were made, weekly reports were circulated
to the Board including any issues. Recruitment of two new staff members and dealing with ineffective staff
members took up significant amounts of the manager's time.

As well as ongoing computing, filing, and ad hoc communications with the public, STENAPA staff worked on
a variety of other tasks related to general administration, including; an annual stock inventory, Violation
report log book, Rifle use request (a letter to government to permit the use of a rifle), Board minutes,
Computer problem report sheet and a weekly schedule for park areas (all park areas and general activities).

A press file, Board procedure handbook, staff incident log book and volunteer and intern handbooks are
updated continually. A Staff Handbook was prepared, tested on new employee Tadzio Bervoets and then
sent to the Board for approval in March 2009. In April 2009 invoicing began to collect tanker fees and took up
30 hours of staff time. The invoices are currently sent to relevant shipping agencies.

m National Park
m Public Awareness
o Marine Park
t Education
m Turtles
a Botanical Garden
m Business/Government

Figure 9 Division of themes of 61 press articles in 2009
There were three patrols a week each for five hours for TPA associated with trail maintenance. In the MPA
there were three formal patrols a week each for three hours depending on the location of the patrol, daily
maintenance of moorings also constitute some surveillance and patrolling work. Weekend patrols started in

Approximately 4170 hours were spent by staff on maintenance, considerably more was spent by volunteers
and interns. This includes one ranger working full time on maintenance of the Botanical Garden, 720 hours
spent maintaining and keeping the trails of The Quill/Boven National Park and Botanical Garden clear and
clean. Staff of STENAPA and volunteers also spend time keeping the road to the Botanical Garden
accessible. In the MPA, 1350 hours a year spent maintaining the moorings and 120 hours maintaining boats
and setting up the new boat. The buildings belonging to STENAPA required an average 15 hours a week
maintenance, including repairs to air conditioning units and repairs after a rock fall near the STENAPA office.

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Core activities in the Marine Park continued as provided by the Marine Environment Ordinance (1996) and
guided by the Marine Park management plan (2007). Press on 2009 objectives for Statia National Marine
Park are included in Table 6. The new patrol boat Blue Runner arrived in January 2009 and greatly
enhanced operations throughout the year, not without some problems as the T-top sheared off during the
return from a boat service trip to Yamaha in St Maarten. The frame is being replaced under guarantee.

The number of divers registered with Statia National Marine Park decreased in 2009. Figures in Table 7
show that the number of divers has steadily increased since the slump in tourism in 2001/2 and that this was
the first year that diver numbers decreased. This decrease can be directly attributed to two changes in
visitation. Annual pass sales reduced due to the fact that the live-aboard Caribbean Explorer changed its
route frequency, from a weekly route to a seasonal route, and only visited during five months (January-
March, November-December) instead of the standard 12 months. Single pass sales decreased as the
Broadreach educational group came with fewer boats and consequently fewer divers.

Table 7

Divers registered with Statia National Marine Park (1999-2009)

Year Number of divers Annual passes Single passes
1999 955
2000 830
2001 322
2002 688
2003 1127 717 4101
2004 1353 1253 100
2005 1782 824 958
2006 2130 1410 720
2007 2130 1202 928
2008 2250 1315 935
2009 1604 851 753

In recent years, a number of materials have been produced for divers, including a dive site map (2005) and a
mini-guide. The Marine Park continues to work on improving information for divers and the project to produce
a guidebook about diving in the Marine Park was completed in 2009 with the first copies of the guidebook
circulated to Board Members at the Board meeting of the DCNA in December 2009 (the book was funded by
DCNA (graphic design) and Stichting Doen (printing). A new dive site map was produced in 2009 (see Figure
11) with technical assistance from the GIS department of Staatsbosbeheer.

Figure 10 Cover of the new Guide to the Statia National Marine Park

1Single dive passes were not introduced until 2003 and replaced the former daily passes.

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Dive Sites (ft/m) St. Eustatius National Parks

Figure 11 New 2009 map featuring dive sites and hiking trails
The large majority of divers in 2009 originated from the USA, followed by Switzerland, France and
Netherlands (Figure 12). There was considerable change compared with 2007 when the four leading
nationalities were USA, UK, Netherlands and France.

m Switzerland
o France
o Netherlands
v Netherlands Antilles
A Caribbean (other)
m Canada
o[ Europe (other)
m Germany
o Luxumbourg
o Austria
m Unknown
Hong Kong
o New Zeeland

Figure 12 Nationality of divers registered with Statia National Marine Park (2008)

A total of 6,050 dives were registered in the Marine Park. An analysis of dives in the Marine Park shows that
there are clearly favourite dives, and that each dive centre has different preferred sites. Popular dive sites
are those closer to the harbour, such as the Chien Tong, and also in the Southern Reserve on sites such as
Anchor Point South, Nursing Station and the Charles Brown. As the Caribbean Explorer (weekly visiting live-
aboard) only dives at six sites with stronger moorings, Figure 13 presents the number of dives for each dive
site by each dive centre. Discounting data for the Caribbean Explorer, it is clear that the most popular dive
sites are the Chien Tong (artificial reef that is popular as it's close to shore, a good night dive site and divers
often see turtles), Charles Brown (100m wreck just outside the Southern Reserve), Anchor Point South (in
the Southern Reserve). Dive sites that have a permanent mooring and were infrequently visited are Drop

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Off (West), Grand Canyon, Mushroom Garden, Five Fingers (1), Ledges and Jenkins Bay. Although there
are low numbers of dives at the snorkel sites, Blind Shoal, Twelve Guns and Inner Jenkins Bay, these sites
are frequently visited by the Marine Park for snorkel and junior ranger club activities. Some repeat
questioning of the need for maintaining expensive moorings at these infrequently used sites is required in
2010. In mutual agreement with dive centres, no moorings were maintained at Endless Reef, Five Fingers
(2), Stingray, Doobie's Crack and Twin Sisters dive sites in 2009. Data were not previously available for diver
visits to the Chien Tong wreck and it is interesting to see how popular this site is.

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these moorings (termed administration) takes up 37% of staff and intern time. Marine Park staff aim to check
each mooring and clean ropes once every quarter. Damage to dive moorings is usually reported to Marine
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moorings in 2009. There were no changes to existing dive moorings and no new moorings were installed.
During 2008, the number of yacht moorings was increased from seven to 12. Routine maintenance of these
Figure 13 Diver visits to each dive site in the Marine Park (2009)

Table 8 moorindicates the numberopes of register quarter. Damage to dive mooring in Statia Nations usually reported to Marine Park in the
last eight years, and shows that thwho were increase a substantial singly encouraged to report damage or the need to clsubsequent
moorings in 2009. There were no changes to existing dive moorings and no new moorings were installed.

decrease between 2008 and 2009.
Table 8During 2008, the number of yacht moorings was increased from seven to 12. Routine maintenance of these(2001-2009
12 moorings was carried out during 2009. A very unfortunate event occurred on 28 h December when yacht
Kantele broke from a mooring. The incident analysis shows that a combination of northerly swells and
incorrect attachment to the mooring caused the downline of the mooring to break.

Table 8 indicates the number of registered yachts anchoring or mooring in Statia National Marine Park in the
last eight years, and shows that there was a substantial increase between 2007 and 2008 and subsequent
decrease between 2008 and 2009.

Table 8 Number of yachts visiting Marine Park (2001-2009)
Year Number of registered yachts
2001 348
2002 313
2003 402
2004 460
2005 411
2006 385
2007 306
2008 449
2009 404

The majority of the yachts were private yachts, followed by bare boat charter from St Maarten or Antigua. It is
felt that yacht tourism is an important market as many yacht visitors dive, hike, use local taxis, services and
restaurants or return as overnight guests to Statia at a later stage. As shown by Figure 14, the majority of
yacht captains come from USA, followed by UK, Canada, Netherlands and France. In addition to individual

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and charter yachts, groups of yachts visited through educational programmes such as Broadreach and Sea-
mester during June-July and assisted on projects such as clearing Corallita, beach cleaning, Botanical
Garden Children Garden development, Quill clean-up and turtle monitoring.

m UK
O Canada
o Netherlands
a France
Europe (other)
o Caribbean (other)
a St Maarten
a Unkown
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m Sweden
a England
a Australia
a Italy
o Norway
o Switzerland
O New Zealand

Figure 14 Nationality of yacht captains visiting Statia National Marine Park (2009)

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Core activities in the Quill / Boven National Park continue as provided by the Protection of Fauna and Flora
Ordinance (1997) and as set out in the National Park management plan (2009). Ongoing activities unique to
the National Park include administration (infrastructure maintenance such as trails and signage), monitoring
and research, law enforcement, and policy and legal issues. Progress on 2009 objectives for the National
Park is described in Table 6.

Management activities within the Quill / Boven National Park included trail system construction and
maintenance, research, monitoring, public awareness and education. The National Park ranger coordinated
volunteer activities to enable regular trail crew activities on 2-3 mornings per week, assisted with research
and monitoring and also coordinated education clubs (snorkel club, junior ranger clubs, summer club).

Due to a landrights' dispute with a local animal owner, very few activities have taken place in the Boven
sector previously. In 2008, the situation changed as the legal case came to a close. The Executive Council
were presented with the proposed trail system map in January 2008, followed by commencement of trail
flagging with colourful ribbons in March 2008. The trail network of four trails on Gilboa Hill was completed
with cleared trails and signposts in March 2009.


The number of hikers visiting the National Parks continues to vary with tourism season. The sale of entrance
fees continued at a fee of $6 per year and each hiker receives a National Park mini-guide. Points of sale
include the National Parks office, the Tourist Office, Airport Information desk, the trail maintenance crew, two
hotels, two dive centres and two taxi drivers. Information is given to hikers about the trails, including a mini-
guide, briefing about guidelines and the current state of trails. Table 9 indicates the numbers of hikers
purchasing National Park entrance fees since sales commenced in late 2001. Although the largest purchaser
of entrance fees and guided hikes (MS Polynesia) stopped in 2007, it is believed that the number of sales
between 2006 and 2007 remained constant due to increase in points of sale. Unfortunately the number of
tags sold in 2008 and 2009 decreased, mostly linked to the fact that the University of St Eustatius stopping
purchasing tags for their 200 students mid 2008.

Table 9 Purchase of National Parks entrance fee (2001-2009)
Year Number of registered hikers
2001 165
2002 287
2003 645
2004 1068
2005 841
2006 1029
2007 1031
2008 915
2009 713

Collection of hiker statistics commenced in January 2008 with a voluntary completion of a form for each
group of hikers purchasing tags at the National Park Visitor Centre. Analysis of the (subset of) data (Figure
15) has shown that the majority of hikers were from the USA, followed by Netherlands, UK and Canada.

The National Park organises hikes to the trails for visitors, such as tourists from yachts, groups of students,
travel groups and diving groups, and guided hikes were given to a large number of groups in 2009. The
hikes are guided by staff or interns and can be arranged at a day's notice. The most popular guided hike is to
the crater with second favourite being the Round the Mountain hike to the Botanical Garden. Since
employment of a full-time ranger in 2005, the number of guided hikes has increased substantially though
not covering a full-time salary by any means. Rangers also gave an increased number of free guided tours
to visiting journalists and Dutch officials.

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N Netherlands
O Canada

a St. Maarten
a Caribbean (other)
O Sw itzerland
a France
a Germany
O Europe (other)
O Russia
a South Africa
a New Zealand

Figure 15 Nationality of hikers purchasing entrance fees (2009)


The majority of time spent on work in the Quill /
Boven National Park focuses on trail building and
maintenance. Trail maintenance in 2009 was
largely directed by the National Park ranger,
assisted by National Park interns and Working
Abroad volunteers. Trail maintenance was
conducted during morning hours only (0700- i '
1200hrs) with an average trail crew of 4-5
persons on three days per week, totaling over i
2880 man hours during the entire year. In 2009,
crews focused on several major areas: '

1. Step re-enforcement and erosion control on
the Quill Trail 2 months of work estimated
480 man hours;
2. Blazing signs along the Round the Mountain
trail from Quill Trail to the Botanical Garden
via north-side 3 months of work -
estimated 760 man hours. There were also
bee hives along the trail, requiring late
evening work to remove bee hives for hiker
3. Clearing and re-direction of the Crater Trail -
1 month of work after a landslide estimated
240 man hours to cut fallen trees (shown
above), re-construct stone steps. As well as
removal of bee hives in the crater.
4. Clearance and construction of basic trails on
Gilboa and Boven hills commenced 3
months of work estimated 760 man hours.
This included clearance of archaeological
findings, including this stone oven on Gilboa
Hill that is in the distillery site.

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Crater trail improvements

Trail maintenance included the Tompi Hill Head trail from Gallows Bay to the top of the cliff, the trails to
Mazinga Peak and Panorama Point, and the Botanical Garden trail from the entrance of the Garden to join
the Round the Mountain trail at the intersection with the Bird trail. The trails in the Boven sub-sector (Boven
trail, Gilboa trails x 4, Bergje trail, Jenkins Bay hike, Signal Hill hike were re-flagged to make it easier for
independent hikers to follow the route. Clearance of Gilboa Hill trails was carried out throughout the year but
maintenance of the other trails was somewhat hampered after rainfall from Hurricane Omar prevented
vehicle access to Venus Bay from October 2008 to date.

The ten new interpretation signs for the Quill sub-sector were finalized for printing on fiberglass panels.


Following on from the visit of the author of the existing management plan, Jan Blok from Staatsbosbeheer in
December 2007, volunteer Yvonne Hosker visited in March 2008 to carry out stakeholder interviews from a
neutral point of view, which included a phone-in TV programme, radio show, evening public meeting, 250
questionnaires with school students, tourists and the community, as well as interviews with major

The Management Plan was completed by DCNA Consultant Duncan MacRae in December 2008, shown
here handing over the Plan to STENAPA President, Irving Brown in January 2009. CD copies of the
Management Plan were distributed to the island council, tourist office and the government legal office.

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Throughout 2009, three staff members worked hard to realise a new guide to the National Park. The
Manager, Nicole Esteban, and National Park Ranger, Hannah Madden, prepared text and graphic design
was carried out by Jessica Berkel to produce a beautiful 40 page guide book that was printed with funding
from Stichting Doen.

Figure 16 Front and back cover of the paperback guide to the National Park

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Activities to develop, maintain and provide education and awareness about the Botanical Garden are
directed by the Botanical Garden Committee and organised, on a day-to-day basis, by Botanical Garden
Ranger and interns. In 2009, work was largely conducted in morning hours (0700-1200hrs) with an average
crew of 3-4 volunteers working daily (Monday-Friday) at the Botanical Garden. The Ranger and Interns also
worked in afternoons. As the Botanical Garden is still in early stages of development, maintenance and plant
care take a large proportion of time. It is estimated that staff members worked 2200 man hours at the
Garden, and that interns and volunteers worked a total of 4000 man hours.

Phase 1 development was completed during 2006 and includes a Sensory Garden, Palm Garden, Lookout,
Shade house and Public Pavilion. Maintenance of these areas takes an average two days per week. Most of
the costs for maintaining these areas is funded through the projects' budget of the volunteer programme.
These areas are open to visitors from sunrise to sunset every day and described in the mini-guide that is
available at the Garden and the National Park Visitor Centre.


The five phase conceptual plan for the Botanical Garden was developed in 2002. Upon completion of the
first phase in 2006, it was decided to include the Fruit Orchard and Children's Garden in Phase 2, to
commence in January 2007. Other phases would not be considered until Phase 2 is completed in order to
ensure that staffing and funding is available. In the meantime, the Bird Observation Trail continues to link
visitors through the rear wooded section of the Botanical Garden to the rear gate and Round the Mountain
trail, connecting with the trail system of the Quill sub-sector of the National Park. Funding was awarded for
Phase 2 development by Prince Bernhard Nature Fund (paying salary for the Ranger for two years) and
USONA (for materials and contractors) in 2007 and 2008.

The Children's Garden is important because it will provide an aesthetically pleasing area for children to play
and learn. There will be a picnic pavilion overlooking an area with playground equipment and, eventually, a
small shade house with a potting table.

The Fruit Garden will provide people with more information on fruit trees and help them gather the
information necessary to be able to successfully plant fruit trees at their own home. Teaching people about
planting fruit trees in their own yard will allow them to grow fruit.
Work began in the Fruit Garden in January 2007. Currently, only a small percentage of fruit trees have
already been planted. These include: Bananas, Coffee, Mango, Grapefruit, Papayas, Pineapples,
Pomegranates, Sour Sop, Sugar Apples, and Suriname Cherry. Plants that are currently being grown from
seed or cuttings include: Avocado, Grafted Mangos, Orange, Tangerine, Yellow Limes, Custard Apple,
Guava, Java Plum, Strawberry Guava, Wax Apple, Blue Grape and Sapodilla. Many of the cuttings currently
in the shade-house at the Botanical Gardens were taken from personal gardens.

Although all the fruit trees have not been planted, a great deal of work has been completed. Over half of the
area designated for the Fruit Garden has been cleared of non-fruit bearing trees, weeds, and has been
cleared several times of Corallita. Despite Corallita tubers being removed repeatedly, Corallita continued to
grow. In early 2008, a decision was taken to dig over and level the different garden areas around fruit trees
and sow grass seed. This practice has continued and has been successful but is taking time and a vast
amount of grass seed.

Work also began in the Children's Garden in January 2007 and, by end of 2007, most of the trees and
stumps had been removed from the garden, and a bulldozer hired to make five even levels on either side of
the road running up to the Fruit Garden.

During 2008 and 2009, stone walls were completed between each of the five levels of the Children's Garden,
and the different levels were cleared and grass seeded. Fortunately, during this year, with repeated grass
cutting, grass has won the competition for space with Corallita. Steps have been constructed between each
Garden level, and trees and bushes planted in different beds on top of stone walls.

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Four levels have been set out with playground equipment, including two climbing frame/swing sets, balance
beams, see-saw characters and more. The main climbing frames have been surrounded with a frame filled
with recycled tyre mulch in order provide a safe area for children falling off whilst at play.


Ten years ago the Miriam C. Schmidt Botanical Garden was inaugurated with the objective of preserving the
native flora and fauna of St. Eustatius. Since then the garden has grown in size and stature with public
gardens including a Sensory Garden, Palm Garden, Lookout Garden, Children's Garden, and Fruit Garden.
The Garden has also been featured in the 2009 publication '1001 Gardens to See Before You Die',
highlighting just how far it has come in ten short years. Events to celebrate this important anniversary
commenced on November 29th with the first of many daily guided tours of the Garden. Visitors were shown
many of the important plant species that Statia enjoys and were informed on the various uses that these
plants had historically and in the present day. The first visitors also received free copies of the new Botanical
Garden Visitors Guide, authored by Claire Winfield and Nicole Esteban and recently funded by Prince
Bernhard Culture Fund (Netherlands Antilles and Aruba) and launched in conjunction with the ten year

The evening of December 2nd saw another first for the Garden, with a full-moon guided tour and food sale
staffed by STENAPA board, staff, interns and volunteers. The tours proved to be extremely popular with
nearly one hundred people attending. Guests enjoyed viewing the Garden in a different light with the full-
moon showing a beauty rarely seen by visitors. Equally popular was the food sale afterwards and thanks
goes to Treasurer of STENAPA, Ruth Pandt for providing the food and equipment. In the afternoon of
December 3rd, the garden hosted a scavenger hunt for members of STENAPA's Junior Rangers and other
school children. Nearly 40 children attended and had great fun exploring the whole of the garden while
learning about many of the plants and wildlife in the process.

Certificate presentation by Nicole Esteban /Ira Walker New Guidebook to the Botanical Garden

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The highlight of the week's activities was a Children's Garden fete on the afternoon of December 4th. Over
one hundred children came to the Garden and were treated to a range of activities provided by STENAPA
volunteers, interns and staff. Face painting in the newly completed Children's pavilion proved to be extremely
popular, as were events such as the obstacle course and maze, limbo and fin races. Other activities included
lemon and spoon races, pin the iguana on the silk cotton tree, Statia treasure hunt and free tomato plants for
every child. The afternoon was rounded off with a prize giving ceremony where the winners of the children's
arts, crafts and poetry competition and an adult's poetry competition were recognized with certificates. In the
youngest age group, the winner was Veronique Windefelde of Golden Rock school with a beautiful picture of
STENAPA's logo. In the second age group, a wonderful 3D garden design from Savannah Lopes, Sonairis
Jansen, Magiolien Harrigan and Jadisee Courter, all of the Lynch Plantation school, clinched first place. The
oldest age group was won by Saffira van Engel of the Gwendolin van Putten school. Her bright and colourful
painting of the Garden impressed the judges and showed a real talent for art. The winners from cycle 1 and 2
received a boat trip around Statia and a copy of the new Botanical Garden Visitors Guide. Runners-up
received copies of the guide and STENAPA t-shirts. The adult competition was won by Franziska Elmer,
whose poem about life in the Garden captured the judges' imaginations. The Old Gin House and Bluebead
restaurants kindly donated the first prizes of dinner vouchers for the teenage and adult categories.

1' prize: Jadisse Courtar and Sonairis Jansen 1s prize (high school): Saffira van Engel

The anniversary celebrations continued in the last two weeks after where over two hundred school children
attended the garden for informative tours as part of their school curriculum coordinated by STENAPA on a
monthly basis. There was also time for exploring other parts of the Garden and of course, play time in the
newly opened Children's Garden. These events were kindly supported by a number of local businesses,
including the Old Gin House hotel, Blue Bead restaurant, Scubaqua and White Wall Construction. Thanks to
DROB Department and the bus drivers for assisting with bringing hundreds of children to the Botanical
Garden during the past 3 weeks. The activities of the Botanical Garden anniversary were also assisted by
the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) and the Netherlands Postcode Lottery and images of the
Garden under development are shown in a commemorative banner mounted in the Public Pavilion.

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Monitoring provided a range of data in 2009 on 18 different aspects of the TPA and MPA. Some of the
monitoring programmes are ongoing e.g. visitor numbers, tanker monitoring using the AIS. Other
programmes are in response to outbreaks of organisms or threats to the PA values e.g. Flamingo tongue (a
small marine mollusc) monitoring or monitoring during the green water event in the MPA. Monitoring was
carried out by staff who often supervise students/volunteers/interns in carrying out the monitoring. Research
and monitoring activities are reported in separate reports, press articles and the quarterly newsletter.
Research and monitoring in 2009 included the following activities, and two projects are highlighted below:

Coral Watch bleaching
Visitor numbers
Tank usage
Dive site visitation
Cliff movement on Zeelandia
Beach profile on Zeelandia
Turtle nesting
Sedimentation monitoring
Flamingo tongue
Green water event
Tanker monitoring
Beach debris
Number of hikers
Bird Monitoring
Orchid diversity and growth (tagging) study
Butterfly diversity and distribution
DCNA Management Success Project

In 2009, the Sea Turtle Conservation Programme completed its 7th year of monitoring, education, outreach
and research activities. Daily track surveys were conducted from March though November, and a total of 262
morning surveys were conducted at Zeelandia beach which is the main beach for nesting turtles, additionally
a total of 292 morning surveys was conducted at the other turtle nesting beaches. The nesting season for
Leatherbacks was quieter than the previous year, with 16 nests recorded. The nesting season for Greens
was slightly busier than the previous year with nine confirmed nests recorded and the nesting season for
Hawksbills was a previous year with four confirmed nests recorded. Night patrols were conducted from
March through October, 156 patrols were completed with 777 hours of patrol.
Table 10 Summary of turtle nesting data (2009)
Nest summaries 2009 Leatherback Green Hawksbill
Number of nests 16 9 4
Number of nests excavated 15 9 2
Hatchling success 15.62% 29.06% n/a

Eleven beach cleanup were conducted during 2009 on Zeelandia Beach. The September beach cleanup
coincided with the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup and a total of 113 bags of trash were
removed during the beach cleanup of 2009. The beach cleanup were carried out by staff, interns,
volunteers, members of the public, junior rangers and BroachReach volunteers.

The management success project is an ongoing DCNA project designed to measure the management
effectiveness of each of the park management organizations in the Dutch Caribbean. The management
success project has developed a tool for collecting data using objective indicators to measure 'success'
across a broad spectrum of protected area management tasks and activities. Staff spent nine hours
contributing to the project in 2009.

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Lobbying has taken place on eight key issues, and has taken the form of meetings, letters, tours, phone calls
and petitions. A total of 266 hours has been spent by staff on lobbying including 136 hours attempting to
activate the current agreement with the government that STENAPA can collect fees from visiting tankers.
Other lobbying issues in 2009 included:

Government subsidy
Tree protection
The proposed development of Venus Bay
Use of plastic bags
A campaign for the protection of Sharks
Monument ordinance approval
The establishment of a designated cetacean strandings organisation

STENAPA also functioned as an advisory body in 2009 with many hours of staff time being taken up with
meetings and travel. Further details are included in the 'Representation' section of this report.

There were 28 incidents requiring intervention within the MPA in 2009. These included 26 written logs or
warnings, one PV prosecution and one summary fine, both for tankers being anchored outside of the
anchoring zone. Incidents in the MPA included spear fishing, illegal anchoring, oil spills, tampering with fish
traps, illegal fish traps, and illegal runoff.

The dive centres on the island were granted a total of four permits allowing operations. Twelve CITES
permits and seven research permits were processed and issued. There was one domestic transport of a
conch shell (to Curagao) permit granted in 2009.

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The STENAPA website is active and updated every two months with new reports and downloads added
frequently. STENAPA takes part in radio programmes twice a month, and events are advertised on average
once a month, with adverts being run 10 times. Each programme or advert takes about three hours of staff
time to prepare. Six television programmes were run in 2009 and STENAPA produced approximately 61
press releases on a range of topics covering the activities of the organisation.

A range of design work was carried out by STENAPA including work for the Dive guide, Hiking guide,
Botanical Garden guide, banners and a new Eco bag for the island. STENAPA produced a variety of
materials to assist with information dissemination including; 30 '10 year anniversary for the Botanical Garden'
posters given out, two large banners about the history of the Botanical Garden and 300 Marine Park, 5000
Hiking and 3000 Botanical Garden guides, 500 of which were given away and the remainder are to be sold.

Figure 17 Botanical Garden banner for the 10 year anniversary

A total of 662 individuals took part 97 outreach activities including Presentations, Guided hikes, Tours, Trails,
Talks and other activities. These included;

Lion fish public meeting and presentation
Seabird research presentation
Presentation to visiting parliamentarians
Guided hikes for the general public, tourists, travel agents, press
Full moon tour of the Botanical Garden
Daily tours of the Botanical Garden
School tours of Botanical Garden
Tour for the visiting representatives of the ministry LNV
Tour for a proposed golf course developer
Meeting, advice and report critique for consultants from Holland about Harbour development
Meeting, advice and report critique for consultants from Holland Spatial development plan.

'The STENAPA Update' Newsletter was published four times in 2009, with a target audience of the Islanders
of St Eustatius, although electronic copies were sent to STENAPA's contacts data base. The Newsletter
included a new species focused section.

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STENAPA welcomed a group of wildlife photographers from SHAPE in March 2009 and guided them to
different sites of the National Parks in order to have a photo library of nature photographs for use in
publications, both by DCNA and STENAPA. A tragic incident occurred when a photographer, Miroslav
Zumrik drowned off Zeelandia Beach, this report is dedicated to Miro (see preface) and his photos are
featured on the cover page.

In December, STENAPA escorted a film crew led by Willem Mouissie to prepare a series of documentaries
about nature on the six islands and organised through DCNA. The documentaries will be aired on Llink TV
channel in the Netherlands from April 2010 as part of the International Year of Biodiversity.

Training programmes have been operated by STENAPA in 2009, including;

A fishermen education workshop for two afternoons involving 27 fishermen
Training for the 34 volunteers that worked with STENAPA, a total of five 4-day courses.
Training for interns six courses for 10 participants, each course five days long.
Training for one local student for 3 weeks of work experience carried out.

There were 46 certificates handed out for participants of the first five programmes listed below, each with its
own specific materials and curriculum:

Snorkel club (2 courses for 14 weeks), 12
Advanced Snorkel club (1 course for 12 weeks), 3 "--
Junior Ranger 1 and 2 (each running for an
academic year), 14 participants.
Summer Club (for 6 weeks with 4 sessions a week),
24 participants

STENAPA started a new programme for school visits in 2009. Five staff members visit four primary schools
every month for one morning. In that morning classes are given to every school class with presentations from
a curriculum and lesson plans that were developed up until July 2009. This programme engages 370 pupils
every month. There were also summer school lessons on coral reefs and plants, each involving 25

There were a total of 80 other class visits taking 24 hours of staff time. These were concerning pre-club start
up, the announcement of the Statia Parks children's garden fete, the school competition announcement /
entry collection.

The Manager of STENAPA, Nicole Esteban attended a number of meetings throughout 2009. Her role as
Chair of DCNA took her to two DCNA Board meetings on Saba and Curagao, three Executive committee
meetings on Bonaire, one Island liaison meeting on St Maarten and two trips to the Netherlands. She also
attended an IUCN invasive species meeting on Guadeloupe and a meeting about developing Environmental
Impact Assessments for European Union Overseas Countries and Territories.

The MPA manager attended a meeting about the green water event on St Maarten and assisted with a
mooring installation workshop on Saba along with one other staff member. The manager or MPA manager
also attended the four meetings held annually concerning Harbour affairs on Saba, St. Eustatius and St
Maarten. Two staff members also took part in the workshop on Saba in August about bird monitoring.

STENEPA works with 25 stakeholders and partners on issues relating to the marine environment and 20
stakeholders on issues relating to the Terrestrial Environment. These stakeholders include the Coastguard,
Tourism Department, other NGO's, local government, businesses, schools, as well as international
organizations such as WWF, CI, TNC and the Working Abroad volunteer organisation.

A total of 218 hours were spent working with partners and developing applications for fund raising on 16
different subjects. Successful fundraising applications for 2009 included:

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* Fishermen education $17,000 (National Fisheries and Wildlife Foundation, USA)
* Summer club sponsorship $1000 (Eutel NV)
* Children's Junior ranger clubs sponsorship for dive training $600 expenses paid (Dive centres)
* Botanical Garden 10 year celebrations sponsorship, 5 monetary and in kind sponsors.
* Botanical Garden guide book $4500 (Prince Bernhard Culture Foundation NA&A)

The Friends of STENAPA Scheme took up 16 hours of staff time and raised $1950 of funding from 24
'Friends'. Fundraising effort was also spent on applications that are ongoing or pending. These included
applications for funding to cover oil monitoring, DAN 02 equipment, a detailed plant inventory and costs of a
field trip by the University of Puerto Rico. Eutel NV were a new corporate sponsor for 2009.

In addition to the extensive monitoring and research programmes and projects mentioned above, STENAPA
worked on three special projects in 2009, taking up about 68 hours of staff time.

The Manager spent 24 hours working on the list of invasive species for the Dutch Caribbean. The marine
park assistant spent 34 hours working on the experimental hatchery for turtles (see 2009 Turtle Conservation
Programme report) and the MPA manager spent 10 hours setting up the project to carry out an economic
valuation of the marine park (to be published in 2010).

valuation of
the Marine Invasive
Park species list
tor the Dutch


Figure 18 Time spent on STENAPA projects for 2009.

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St. Eustatius National Parks Foundation (STENAPA)
Profit and Loss Previous Year Comparison (US$)
As of December 31, 2009

Jan Dec

Jan Dec

Ordinary Income/Expense
BZK operational support
41190. Trust Fund
Total BZK operational support

Cleaning Subsidy
taxi service
41000. Grants
42000 Government Subsidies
44000 Services fees
44100 Land Park Fees
44200 Marine Fees
Total 44000 Services fees

46000 Program Fees
47000. Sales
48000 Donations & Contributions
49000 Essential Operational Support
49010 Miscellaneous Income
49800 Reimbursed Expenses
49010 Miscellaneous Income Other
Total 49010 Miscellaneous Income

Total Income

Cost of Goods Sold
500 Purchases
5000 Cost of Goods Sold
Total COGS

Gross Profit

0 182,739 (100%)
0 182,739 (100%)






















62380 Lease Land
62770 Supplies Costs
62771 National Park
62772 Tank Fills
62773 Bot. Garden
62774 Cleaning
62775 Equipment
62776 Marine Park
62778 Moorings
62779 Office
62770 Supplies Costs Other



360 (100%)

1,041 149%
295 (100%)
11,831 (23%)
709 28%
1,066 (99%)
6,538 283%
2,825 19%
4,796 (8%)
2,620 (3%)

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Total 62770 Supplies Costs

Report for January December 2009


635 Housing
62390 Utilities
62391 Electric
62392 Water
Total 62390 Utilities


Total 635 Housing

64110 Advertising & Promotions
64160 Dues and Subscriptions
64170 Postage and Delivery
64340 Tele-communication Exp.
64341 Internet
64342 Telephone-2884
64340 Tele-communication Exp. Other
Total 64340 Tele-communication Exp.

64810 Bank Service Charges

62670 Program Expense
62671 Junior Ranger
62672 Snorkel Club
62673 Working Abroad
Total 62670 Program Expense


62000 Automobile Exp.
62015 Road Tax
62020 Repairs & Maintenance Exp.
62025 Parts Exp.
62050 Insurance
62060. Fuel Exp.
62061 V-401
62062 V-350
62064 V-28 Fuel
62065 V-309
62060 Fuel Exp. Other
Total 62060 Fuel Exp.

62095 Misc. Vehicle Expense
62000 Automobile Exp. Other
Total 62000 Automobile Exp.

62100 Boats / Marine Park
62110 Patrol Boat Exp.
62111 Fuel
62112. Parts
62113 Repairs & Maintenance
62110 Patrol Boat Exp. Other
Total 62110 Patrol Boat Exp.













856 2,238 (62%)
59,786 49,065 22%



















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62120 Dinghy
62121 Fuel
62122. Parts
62123 Repairs & Maintenance
Total 62120. Dinghy

62100 Boats / Marine Park Other
Total 62100 Boats / Marine Park

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0 240 (100%)
16,722 10,118 65%

62400 Repairs & Maintenance
62405 Building repairs
62415 Equipment repairs
62420 Mooring repairs
62400 Repairs & Maintenance Other
Total 62400 Repairs & Maintenance


Miscellaneous expense
61190 Staff Training
64350 Travel & Ent
64351 Entertainment
64352 Meals
64353 Travel
64355. Lodging
64350 Travel & Ent Other
Total 64350 Travel & Ent


4000 Reconciliation Discrepancies
610 Personnel Exp.
61010 Gross Salaries & Wages
61012 Bonus
61120. AOV/AWW Premiums
61130 SVB Premiums
61135 Cessantia Exp.
61140. AVBZ Premiums
61160 Medical Insurance
61169 Refund Other Medical Exp.
61180 Uniforms Exp.
61500 Contract Labor
61900 Other Personnel Exp.
610 Personnel Exp. Other
Total 610 Personnel Exp.

620 Operating Exp.
59000. Other
62250. Freight
62251 Harbor Fees
62250 Freight Other
Total 62250 Freight




0 0 0%
30,881 29,243 6%










0 525 (100%)
3,973 8,928 (56%)

0 100%









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Total 620 Operating Exp.

62252 Postage and delivery
640 G&A Exp.
64270 Professional Fees
64272 Consulting
Total 64270 Professional Fees

64280 Third Party Services
64990 Miscellaneous Exp.
69999 Uncategorized Expenses
640 G&A Exp. Other
Total 640 G&A Exp.

66000 Deprec & Amort Exp
66110. Deprec Vehicles
66120 Deprec Marine Park
66130 Deprec Buildings
66140 Deprec- Machinery & Equipment
66150 Deprec- Office Equipment
66160 Deprec- Furniture & Fixt.
66180 Deprec Patrol Boat & Dinghy
66000 Deprec & Amort Exp Other
Total 66000 Deprec & Amort Exp

68888 Donation Trust Funds
Total Expense

Net Ordinary Income

Other Income/Expense
Other Income
71010 Exchange differences
71020 Interest Income
71900 Other Income
Total Other Income

Other Expense
72900 Other Expenses
77000 Exchange Gain or Loss
Total Other Expense

Net Other Income

Net Income

Report for January December 2009














55 445%



















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St. Eustatius National Parks Foundation (STENAPA)
Balance Sheet Previous Year Comparison (US$)
As of December 31, 2009

Dec 31, Dec 31, %
09 08 Change
Current Assets
petty cash (Ang) 382 160 139%
10001 Cash Sales (262) 28 (1,036%)
10005 Petty Cash 0 5,556 (100%)
10010 #87144807 Naf 0 0 0%
10011 .WIB (ANG) 4,855 2,534 92%
10015 #20438802 US$ 10,688 2,251 375%
10025 Stenapa Savings Account 22,369 49,074 (54%)
1200 Clearing account 0 (1,742) 100%
Total Checking/Savings 38,032 57,861 (34%)

Accounts Receivable
11000 Accounts Receivable ANG 2,175 2,175 0%
Reserve accounts receivable (366,006) 0 (100%)
12000 Accounts Receivable 366,006 6,419 5,602%
Total Accounts Receivable 2,175 8,594 (75%)

Other Current Assets
1120 Inventory Asset 59,881 59,732 0%
1499 Undeposited Funds 1,531 0 100%
15000 Prepayments & Other C/Assets
15010 Prepaid Expenses 2,461 48,249 (95%)
15050 Advances- Employees 4 4 0%
Total 15000. Prepayments & Other C/Assets 2,465 48,253 (95%)

Total Other Current Assets 63,877 107,985 (41%)

Total Current Assets 104,084 174,440 (40%)

Fixed Assets
16100 Buildings
16110 Office
16119. Accum Dep- Buildings (70,404) (59,512) 18%
16110 Office Other 12,302 12,302 0%
Total 16110 Office (58,102) (47,210) 23%

16100 Buildings Other 147,703 146,095 1%
Total 16100. Buildings 89,601 98,885 (9%)

16170. Boats
16171 Patrol Boat 81,280 104,061 (22%)
16172 Dinghy 7,068 7,068 0%
16179. Accum Dep- Boats (15,218) (23,207) (34%)
Total 16170 Boats 73,130 87,922 (17%)

16200 Machinery & Equipment
16210. Dive/Snorkel

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16229 Accum Dep Machinery & Equipmt (17,066) (12,974) 32%
16210 Dive/Snorkel Other 8,305 8,305 0%
Total 16210. Dive/Snorkel (8,761) (4,669) 88%

16220 Botanical Garden 27,305 16,684 64%
16230. Moorings 4,985 4,985 0%
16250 Marine Park
16259 Accum Depr Marine Park (2,129) (1,465) 45%
16250 Marine Park- Other 583 583 0%
Total 16250 Marine Park (1,546) (882) 75%

16200 Machinery & Equipment Other 1,687 1,687 0%
Total 16200 Machinery & Equipment 23,670 17,805 33%

16240 Office Equipment
16249 Accum Dep- Office Equipment (32,723) (29,460) 11%
16240 Office Equipment Other 35,222 34,079 3%
Total 16240 Office Equipment 2,499 4,619 (46%)

16280 Furniture & Fixt/Signs
16289 Accum Dep Furniture & Fixt (13,108) (10,400) 26%
16280 Furniture & Fixt/Signs Other 18,002 15,558 16%
Total 16280. Furniture & Fixt/Signs 4,894 5,158 (5%)

16300. Vehicles
16310 Turtle Patrol 2004 V28
16319. Accum Dep V28 New Truck (18,000) (18,000) 0%
16310 Turtle Patrol 2004 V28 Other 18,000 18,000 0%
Total 16310 Turtle Patrol 2004 V28 0 0 0%

16320 Truck 2004 WA/KNAP Turtle V350
16329 Accum Dep V350 Truck 0 (18,000) 100%
16320 Truck 2004 WA/KNAP Turtle V350 Other 0 18,000 (100%)
Total 16320 Truck 2004 WA/KNAP Turtle V350 0 0 0%

16330 Truck 2004 BotGard V401
16339. Accum Dep- V401 Truck (24,222) (19,830) 22%
16330. Truck 2004 BotGard V401 Other 18,000 18,000 0%
Total 16330 Truck 2004 BotGard V401 (6,222) (1,830) 240%

16340 Truck 2001- V309
16349 Accum Dep V309 Truck (27,513) (27,513) 0%
16340 Truck 2001- V309 Other 27,513 27,513 0%
Total 16340 Truck 2001- V309 0 0 0%

16300 Vehicles Other 24,400 24,400 0%
Total 16300 Vehicles 18,178 22,570 (19%)

Total Fixed Assets 211,972 236,959 (11%)

TOTAL ASSETS 316,056 411,399 (23%)

Current Liabilities

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Credit Cards
10050 VISA WIB
Total Credit Cards

Other Current Liabilities
21000 Accrued Liabilities
22000 Payroll Liabilities
22100 Salary payable
22110 Wage tax payable
22130 AVBZ Payable
22140 SVB & AOV/AWW Payable
Total 22000 Payroll Liabilities

24000 Shortterm Projects in Progress
24150 Deferred income -PBNF
Total 24000 Shortterm Projects in Progress

Total Other Current Liabilities

Total Current Liabilities

0 80 (100%)
0 80 (100%)







86,361 94,991 (9%)
86,361 94,991 (9%)

206,220 103,598 99%

206,220 103,678 99%

Total Liabilities

30000 Opening Bal Equity
32000 Fund Balance
Net Income
Total Equity





$330,470 $412,911 (20%)

Note: 21000 is accrued liability from DCNA EOS that is to be repaid on settlement of tanker fee discussions.

12.3 AUDIT
Audit dates are 14-15 April 2010 and Audit Report is available upon request after finalisation.

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Actively managed PA






Communication and
education activities

The non-living, physical and chemical, factors.
A protected area (park) where management activities are carried out by dedicated (full or part-
time) staff on a regular/daily basis within an organisation, which has a defined mission and
goals and where staff time is organised to address core management tasks as well as
proactively tackling issues and threats. A non-actively (passively) managed park would lack a
defined mission and goals, staff time would not be allocated to address core tasks and would
react to threats and issues in an ad-hoc fashion.
A management system, which includes reviewing past performance and incorporating 'lessons
learnt' and improvements into the ongoing management and planning process.
Operational activities that can be carried out mainly by office staff, relating general
administration, secretariat functions, keeping log books, giving general advice, financial
administration and inventory.
The total diversity of living organisms as well as the ecosystems of which they are part (includes
species diversity, genetic diversity and ecosystem diversity)
Biological factors.
A combination of the resources available to manage a PA.
A management structure whereby the protected area management organisation and
stakeholders share joint authority and responsibility for making decisions about resource
Communication covers the active distribution of information via websites, media or material
distribution. Education involves targeted programmes for specific audiences to increase
knowledge, change behaviour and/or build stewardship.

Aspects of protected area management which form part of the circumstances in which the PMO
Context operates and which change infrequently such as tenure, international recognition, zoning,
legislation etc.
Management driven by a clear mission and goals, which includes stakeholder input, past and
present achievements, issues and threats. These are normally captured in a management
Effective document such as a management plan. The level of effectiveness depends on how the
management protected area's resources (financial, human, physical and information) are deployed to
implement the PMOs mission and goals and to address operational activities, threats and

Field activities



Human resources


Judgement or assessment of achievement against predetermined criteria.
Operational activities mainly carried out by field staff; patrolling and maintenance.
a broad statement indicating what the protected area is trying to achieve through its
management efforts
The ecological area occupied by an organism, population or community as characterized by
both its physical and biotic properties.
The number of staff and their attributes a that PA management can call upon. This also includes
volunteers, interns and external individuals and organizations used on a consultancy/contractual
A biological, chemical or physical process or entity with the potential to negatively impact on the
conservation of the PAs natural resources. If not addressed issues could threaten the
sustainable conservation of the protected area.

Management Operational activities generally carried out by managerial or directorial staff, that are included
activities within and define reporting, planning, financial management and human resource management.
A measure of a protected area's ability to fulfil its mission and goals in terms of the available
Management capacity resources (physical, human, financial and information).


The degree to which management achieves the goals and objectives of the protected area

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t The management aspects within the bounds of which the PA operates, this includes the vision
environment and strategic statements, legislation, institutional arrangements, physical resources, human
resources, finance, stakeholder relationships, threats and issues facing the PA.

Management Success


Operational activities



Physical resources

Policy and Law



Protected area (park)

Protected area

Protected area
Research and
monitoring activities


Stakeholder activities




Vested interest

The evaluation of the positive achievements of a PA primarily relating to the management and
conservation of values of the PA.
The regular collection and analysis of information, which allows a PMO to measure change in
the physical, social and economic environment of the PA. This information should be used to
guide management efforts.
Activities that are essential to the ongoing management of an actively managed protected
area, these include: Management, Administration, Field operations, Research and Monitoring,
Policy and Law, Communication and Education, Representation, Working with stakeholders.
See protected area
An individual or an organisation with whom staff of a PA collaborate for the benefit of the PA.
They do not hold a vested interest in the PA.
Any resource that can be uniquely identified, this includes buildings, transport, and
Policy tasks relate to the development or adoption of a course of action. Tasks relating to Law
have some legislative component
A diffuse external impact on a protected area created by human activities, which requires a
management response in order to sustainably protect the resource from harm such as shipping
pressure, development pressure etc.
A defined enterprise executed to achieve a particular aim with in a defined time period.
Projects can involve research, capacity or infrastructure development, education or a number
of other aspects of PA management.
An area of land and/or sea, which is dedicated to the protection and maintenance of biological
diversity, natural and associated cultural resources and is managed through legal or other
effective means.
A coherent group of protected areas (preferably ecologically linked) operating co-operatively to
increase management effectiveness by improving their ability to lobby, fundraise and manage
as well as to build internal capacity through the exchange of knowledge, expertise, information
and or resources.
The financial, human, physical and information resources available to a protected area to carry
out their day-to-day operations

Attending meetings and networking on behalf of the PA management organisation.

Hypothesis driven scientific invesigation(s) limited by time.
Research is hypothesis driven, time limited investigation. Monitoring is the regular, ongoing
gathering of data to measure change in physical, biological or socio-economic activity/states.
An individual, group or organisation with a vested interest in the management of a protected
area, who can affect or be affected by PA management decisions.
Partnership building, engaging stakeholders and working with volunteer groups.
A biological, chemical or physical process or entity, which damages, destroys or degrades the
natural resource. A threat can be an entity such as an organism, which becomes a pest, or a
process such as an increase in erosion, which damages habitat or can result from human
activities such as anchor damage.
A human activity that takes place within a protected area.
The importance of a protected area in terms of a range of variables, including: biological,
ecological, cultural, wilderness, economic, social characteristics as well as scientific,
international or national significance.
A financial or personal involvement held by an individual or organisation with a right to the
present or future use of a PA.

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AMFO Antilliaanse MedeFinancierings Organisatie funding source
BZK Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations
Carmabi Caribbean Research and Management of Biodiversity Foundation, Curacao
CI Conservation International
CIEE Council of International Education and Exchange (based on Bonaire)
CITES Convention for International Trade in Endangered Species
CMM Commissie Marien Milieu Bonaire's marine environment commission
CTB Curacao Tourism Board
CURO Council of Underwater Resort Operators, Bonaire
DCNA Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance
DOEN Stichting DOEN Dutch non profit funding linked to the Dutch Postcode Lottery
DROB/DROV Island Spatial Planning Department
FPNA Fundashon Parke Nacional Arikok: PA management organization on Aruba
IAC Inter American Convention for the Conservation of Sea Turtles
IUCN NL International Union for Nature Conservation, Netherlands
JAZ Island Legal Department
KNAP Kleine Natuur Projecten Fonds Nederlandse Antillen small grant fund for nature projects administered by MINA
LNV Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality
LVV Island Agriculture and Fisheries Department
MINA Central Government Department of Nature and the Environment
MINA fonds Central Government Department of Nature and the Environment small grant fund
MPA Marine Protected area (Marine Park)
NF Nature Foundation: PA management organization on St Maarten
NFWF National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, USA based funding organisation
NIOZ Nederlands Instituut voor Onderzoek der Zee, research institute in the Netherlands
NPL Nationale Postcode Lotterie Dutch Postcode Lottery
PA Protected area
PBCF Prince Bernhard Culture Funds
PBNF Prince Bernhard Nature Funds
PMO Protected area Management Organisation
SCF Saba Conservation Foundation: PA management organization on Saba
SEMP St Eustatius National Marine Park
SSV Special Security Service supports Police Department
STCB Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire
STENAPA St Eustatius National Parks Foundation: PA management organization on St Eustatius
STINAPA STINAPA Bonaire: PA management organization on Bonaire
TCB Tourism Corporation Bonaire
TNC The Nature Conservancy USA
TPA Terrestrial Protected area
UNA University of the Netherlands Antilles, based on Curacao
UNEP CAR United Nations Environment Programme -Caribbean Regional Office
USONA Uitvoeringsorganisatie Stichting Ontwikkeling Nederlandse Antillen funding source
VOMIL Volksgezondheid en Milieuhygiene Central Government Department for Public Health and Social Development
VNP Dutch Representative based on St Maaarten, Curacao
WIDECAST Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Network
WTT World Turtle Trust, Hawaai USA
WNF Wereld Natuur Fonds -World Wildlife Fund, Netherlands
WWF World Wildlife Fund

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The following generic information on capacity and operational activities is provided both to help explain the
scope of the PMO operations as well as to provide essential background information relevant to the PMOs
annual reporting.

The characteristics (amount, quality) of the management tasks that can take place depend on the resources
available to the PMO. If the resources are not available or are restricted, the capacity is limited. The main
elements of capacity are:

Financial resources (income)
Human resources (staffing)
Physical resources (equipment)
Information resources

13.3.1 Capacity
Financial resources
Income for PMOs can come from a variety of sources including government subsidies, admission fees, fees
for service, grants and 'friends of' groups, franchises and similar. Accessing sufficient income can be
problematic for PAs in the Dutch Caribbean as the region is illegible for most international aid funds and
ineligible for many domestic sources of funding. Sufficient income is required for a PMO to cover its ongoing
operational costs as well as addressing threats and issues. A key aspect of income is its sustainability; a
constant flow of income is required to keep staff and maintain operations.

Human resources
A fully staffed PMO will typically employ a manager as well as an assistant manager or chief ranger for each
PA, 4 or more rangers, an administrator and an education officer. They may additionally have dedicated
project staff. Where an island has the management of both terrestrial and marine protected areas they will
frequently employ a director to oversee the management of both PAs, carry out lobbying activities,
fundraising and representation. PMOs may actively or passively run volunteer programmes, have interns,
trainees and consultants working for them.

Physical resources
The physical resources that a PMO has access to greatly effects the ability of the staff to carry out work. An
adequately equipped PMO will typically have unrestricted access to buildings (offices, workshop),
communications (including computers, telephones, internet), transport (boats, trucks), maintenance
equipment, drilling equipment (to place moorings), scientific and field equipment.

Information resources
In order to be able to make sound management decisions, PMOs need to have access to essential
information related to the protected area such as maps (terrestrial and bathymetric), tide and current data,
species lists, management plans.

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Operational Management
As described in the Trust Fund Study (Feasibility Study of a Protected areas Trust Fund: sustainable funding
for the Nature Parks of the Netherlands Antilles, February 2005
http://www.dcnanature.org/donations/trustfund.html) and elsewhere, the operational management of
protected areas has been quite clearly defined. The elements of PMO operational management are:


Management activities
Operational activities generally carried out by managerial or directorial staff, that are included within and
define reporting, planning, financial management and human resource management.

Administration activities
Operational activities that can be carried out mainly by office staff, relating general administration, secretariat
functions, keeping log books, giving general advice, financial administration and inventory.

Field operations
Operational activities mainly carried out by field staff; patrolling and maintenance.

Research and monitoring
Research is hypothesis driven, time limited investigation. Monitoring is the regular, ongoing gathering of data
to measure change in physical, biological or socio-economic activity/states.

Policy and law enforcement activities
Policy tasks relate to the development or adoption of a course of action. Tasks relating to Law have some
legislative component

Communication and education activities
Communication covers the active distribution of information via websites, media or material distribution.
Education involves targeted programmes for specific audiences to increase knowledge, change behaviour
and/or build stewardship.

Attending meetings and networking on behalf of the PA management organisation.

Working with stakeholders
Partnership building, engaging stakeholders and working with volunteer groups.

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The details and activities of visiting interns and volunteers are listed in the following tables.

Table 11

Interns assisting with STENAPA in 2009

Intern Name Period Nationality Applied to STENAPA
Programme through
Marine Park Maggie Chan October 08 US Idealist.org
January 09
Caroline Kull February 09 Swiss Previous dive instructor on
July 09 Statia
Carol Joval July 09 Dutch Previous intern for Nature
September 09 Foundation St Maarten
Francizka Elmer September 09 Swiss Previous Working Abroad
February 10 volunteer
Turtle Micah Herriot March 09 Canadian WIDECAST network
Programme July 09
Elizabeth Sheets August 09 US Idealist.org
October 09
National Park Mara Kate October 08 USA Idealist.org
Smaby February 09
Melissa Stinson February 09 Canadian Previous Working Abroad
March 09 volunteer
Mark Heusser May 09 USA Idealist.org
December 09
Botanical Claire Winfield July 08 UK Previous Working Abroad
Garden March 09 volunteer
Janet van October 08 USA Idealist.org
Zoeren May 09
Jennifer Thacher May 09 USA Idealist.org
December 09
James Fotherby October 09 UK Previous Working Abroad
February 10 volunteer

Table 12 Working Abroad volunteers assisting STENAPA in 2009
Group Names Nationality Projects
Crew I, Stephen Carnahan USA Phase 1 maintenance Botanical
6 January Stuart Foster UK Garden
6 March Sarah Baker UK Chill out Garden, Children's Garden
Ella Jane Seabourne UK Gilboa Hill signage
Alexander Endreson Norwegian Gilboa Hill trail construction
Gemma Worboys UK Monthly Beach clean ups
Orchid and butterfly surveys
Crew II, Stuart Foster UK Phase 1 maintenance Botanical
9 March Dominic Amos UK Garden
15 May Sophie Schotting UK Fruit Garden development
Owen Thomas UK Leatherback Turtle night patrols
Marielle ten Doeschate Netherlands Monthly Beach clean ups
Gilboa Hill trail maintenance

Crew III, Marielle ten Doeschate Netherlands Phase 1 maintenance Botanical
26 May- James Fotherby UK Garden
24 July Daniel Jamieson UK Fruit Garden and Children's Garden
Natalie Bird UK development
Amy Scheurer French Leatherback, Green and Hawksbill
Nicole Finnicum USA Turtle night patrols
Maribeth Hassett USA Monthly Beach clean ups
Abigail Randall UK Summer Club
Crew IV, Anna Najbar Polish Phase 1 maintenance Botanical
4 August Dominique Thevenoz Swiss Garden

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2 October Liz Pim UK Green and Hawksbill Turtle night
Joanne Spencer UK patrols
Niels Prinssen Netherlands Monthly Beach clean ups
Sarah Mules UK Children's Garden development
Elliot Smith UK Round the Mountain blazing

Crew V, Samuel Scott UK Phase 1 maintenance Botanical
13 November Colin Pearmain UK Garden
-11 Marie Gardshol British Preparation and assistance with 10
December Kaela Rigterink US year Botanical Garden anniversary
Dominique Thevenoz Swiss Monthly Beach clean ups
Joanne Spencer UK Children's Garden development
Elliot Smith UK Round the Mountain blazing
Rhianna Beresford UK

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Date Newspaper Headline Subject
Board and management of STENAPA completed the
Quill/Boven National Park management plan of Quill/Boven national parks and
17-Jan Daily Herald management plan complete Botanical Garden management plan.
Stenapa baptizes new The new patrol boat was baptized Tuesday afternoon by
22-Jan Daily Herald marine park patrol boat former Harbour master Mervin Gittens.
Nature Alliance becomes DCNA receives the first donation from the Dutch
10-Feb Daily Herald beneficiary of Dutch lottery Postcode Lottery.
A team from Environmental Protection in the Caribbean
EPIC group to conduct (EPIC) arrive in Statia to work with staff from STENAPA
24-Feb Daily Herald seabird survey on Statia to carry out a seabird survey.
March Update Manager Stenapa Newsletter -various articles
New status once in a lifetime
opportunity, De Jongh- Prime minister Emily de Jongh-Elhage visit Statia during
4-Mar Daily Herald Elhage two days and meets with STENAPA.
Statians invited to make A gentlemen's agreement with various businesses was
5-Mar Daily Herald island free of plastic bags closed to help make St. Eustatius free of plastic bags.
Nature photographer drowns Miriozlav Zumrik a international wildlife photographer
6-Mar Daily Herald off Zeelandia from Slovakia drowned at Zeelandia beach
The international group of nature photographers went to
Photographer capture rich St Maarten on an expedition to promote nature
18-Mar Daily Herald nature St. Maarten conservation through high quality photos
The island government announced a plan to freeze the
Building permit freeze in granting and building permits in certain areas of the
19-Mar Daily Herald certain areas of Statia island for up to two years.
Leatherback turtle arrives The Leatherback arrived at Zeelandia beach 17 of March
23-Mar Daily Herald early for nesting season and the nesting were observed by one of the volunteers
The program began in 2004 to try to reduce the use of
No-plastic policy on Statia, plastic bags on the island and the program finally begins
25-Mar Daily Herald recycling glass start soon to make real progress
The cargo vessel Henrich Oldendorff anchored outside
Cargo vessel in Statia fined zone within the marine park and this could cause
27-Mar Daily Herald for anchoring outside zone possible damages on the coral reef
Numerous patrols happened with the coast guard
Stenapa involved in Coast happened. The patrols were geared to control illegal
21-Apr Daily Herald Guard patrols fishing and poaching in the marine park
A pregnant tiger shark was killed by two fishermen and
Conservation groups the pups of the tiger shark were also killed upset many
outraged at killing of people since the tiger shark also has a slow reproduction
25-Apr pregnant shark, pups rate.
Netherlands Antilles, Aruba The countries attended the 2 day workshop organized by
attend Brussels the Overseas Countries and Territories Associations and
4-May Daily Herald environmental workshop the European Union
The Quill and Boven The Quill and Boven trail have been internationally
11-May Daily Herald important bird areas recognized as important bird areas on St Eustatius
The meeting focused on the way to measure to what
Dutch Caribbean Nature degree the managements effort to protect the Caribbean
Alliance for board meeting nature parks were successful and how to enhance
13-May Daily Herald on Saba communication
Dutch bird organisation
gives publication to Lt Lt governor Jonathan Johnsson presents the new copy of
16-May Daily Herald Governor its publication "important bird areas of the Caribbean"
DCNA meeting on Saba Planted seedlings and made fences to try to eliminate
18-May Daily Herald closes with tree plantings the carbon foot print as much as possible for the feature
Statia National Marine Park Investigating the effects a recent algal plume is having on
23-May Daily Herald researching green seawater the marine life in the waters surrounding Statia
There was a large oil spill from one of the vessel
Large oil spill outside Vallombrosa, moorings outside the northern reserve the
28-May Daily Herald Statia's Marine Park oil spill was 4 km x 500m
1-Jun Daily Herald Ranger job advert
Pride plan activities for world The recognized world environmental day as well as world
environment and ocean ocean days at St Maarten these days will be highlighted
2-Jun Daily Herald days by activities in the community
Today is world environment Speakers about the importance of marine and
5-Jun Daily Herald day conservation issues on environmental day at St Maarten

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Date Newspaper Headline Subject
STENAPA Beware, the Lion fish are
June Update coming!! STENAPA Newsletter- various articles
Put up bins to collect debris and in ten days they
Fishing line recycling bins collected 4,600 pounds of entangling debris by
8-Jun Daily Herald curb marine entanglement fisherman's and others
Stenapa personal volunteers interns worked on June 5
Tompi hill head trail cleaned environmental day to clear Tompi head by adding
8-Jun Daily Herald on world environmental day additional steps clearing it from trash and planting a tree
The lion fish didn't have any natural predators in the
Caribbean since it's an invasive species and the lionfish
St Maarten should be on predates on the local fish so the ecosystem could
8-Jun Daily Herald alert for lionfish invasion collapse
VNG Includes information, images and maps of Quill / Boven
12-Jun magazine Nieuwe national parken National Park
13-Jun Daily Herald Ranger job advert
18-Jun Daily Herald Ranger job advert
Lionfish threaten Windward The marine park manager on Statia warns St Maarten,
30-Jun Daily Herald Islands Statia and Saba about an invasion of lionfish
Too little attention for nature The Dutch council for Rural Areas claims that not
6-Jul Daily Herald Bonaire enough attention was given to nature
27 managers from different countries attended the
Workshop about climate workshop Reef resilience and climate change meeting on
8-Jul Daily Herald change, effects on reefs Bonaire
29 children and 16\5 adults from Saba child focus
Child focus summer camp summer club were on St Eustatius and STENAPA
14-Jul Daily Herald spends day on St Eustatius provided interesting activities for children of the islands
St Eustatius summer camp kids went to Saba in a
STENAPA summer camp on exchange visit to hike and visit the Windwardside
16-Jul Daily Herald exchange visit in Saba Museum
The summer school programme was organized to assess
the level students are and help them to prepare for the
First ever Statia summer entry into secondary school, STENAPA gave two lessons
23-Jul Daily Herald school program ends on plants and corals
The I Can Foundation is for children that are no longer
I can foundation on Statia living at home from the ages of 3 to teens. STENAPA
23-Jul Daily Herald with children assisted with tours, snorkelling and boat trip
The marine park manager on Statia gave a lecture about
Statian public warned about the invading lionfish that are expected to come soon to
25-Jul Daily Herald lionfish invasion h\this areas
Pieter van Vollenhoven the chairman of Kingdom
Pieter van Vollenhoven to relations will visit Saba and St Eustatius and met with
29-Jul Daily Herald visit Saba and Statia STENAPA.
The Marine Park has stepped up its patrolling since
Marine Park increases spear increased activities in illegal spear fishing have occurred
18-Aug Daily Herald fishing controls within the marine park reserves
The executive council of St Eustatius has expressed
concerns about the future of the islands national parks to
Executive council concerned the Dutch Minister of Agriculture and Nature Gerda
19-Aug Daily Herald about Statia's national parks Verburg
Saba had a lot of old mooring sites that hade to be
New and upgraded maintained and exchanged by Saba conservation
24-Sep Daily Herald moorings for Saba foundation with assistance from STENAPA
STENAPA Destroying the nature of
September Update Statia STENAPA Newsletter- various articles
New lichen species the new lichen found of the islands of St Eustatius and
discovered on Saba/St Saba is called Eremothecella microephalica, it forms dull
3-Oct Daily Herald Eustatius dark green spots on the trunks in dry forests
Hewitt of Natural History Museum did a series of
publications on the molluscs of Antilles and asked
Junior rangers help mollusc everybody to assist on finding different species in Statia -
22-Oct Daily Herald expert with collecting shells junior rangers helped out
A fisherman was caught near St Eustatius marine park
with no documentation to permit capture of these
Navy ship intercepts species and were therefore in violation of the Federal
10-Nov Daily Herald unlawful spear fisher Ordinance on Fisheries
A pilot whale was stranded on Curacao and a workshop
Volunteers learn to handle was organized to fully prepare attendees in the event if a
12-Nov Daily Herald stranded marine mammals marine mammal strands

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Date Newspaper Headline Subject
Ten years ago the Miriam C. Schmidt Botanical Garden
Botanical garden marks ten was inaugurated with the objective of preserving flora
12-Nov Daily Herald years and fauna on Statia
STENAPA hosted a lot of different events during the
Three weeks of festivities in three weeks such as daily tours, free copies of the
1-Dec Daily Herald Statia botanical garden botanical garden guide, children's scavengers hunt etc
Statians to be informed Statians are going to be informed about development
1-Dec Daily Herald about development plan plan on St Eustatius
Statias marine park holds STENAPA held a fishermen education and assistance
4-Dec Daily Herald workshop for fishermen workshop at Statia
Statias Botanical garden
5-Dec Daily Herald celebrates 10 years Statias Botanical garden celebrates 10 years
Statias Botanical garden
celebrates ten years with Statias Botanical garden celebrates ten years with many
21-Dec Daily Herald many activities different activities
A meeting was held in Curacao about issues facing the
Issues facing Antillean Antillean nature parks such as possible solutions,
23-Dec Daily Herald nature parks discussed potential obstacles and a communication plan
A Canadian-British couple were visiting Statia when their
Boat runs aground in Statias boat had come loose from the mooring and ran aground
29-Dec Daily Herald Orange Bay in Oranje Bay
IRCF New iguana signs and T-
Reptiles & Shirts raise awareness on STENAPA received a generous gift from IRCF of iguana
December Amphibians Statia information signs and T-Shirts

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