Nature in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba needs to be protected, whereby the coral reefs in the sea surrounding the islands become a priority. That is according to the draft election programme of the Dutch Party for Animals which was presented in The Hague on Monday. The 38-page programme titled “Hold on to your ideals. Don’t let them be ignored.” dedicates one paragraph to the Caribbean Netherlands.
Under the subtitle “Protection Caribbean Netherlands Nature,” the programme states that more than 10,000 different plant and animal species live in Dutch public entities, including flamingos, iguanas and orchids. “This special nature deserves to be wellprotected.” The Party for Animals wants the Dutch Government to contribute to the preservation of nature in and around the islands of the Caribbean Netherlands through rules and regulations, the maintaining of these regulations, knowledge and financial support.
The protection of coral reefs is a priority, it was stated in the programme, which was presented as the “first multi-media party programme in the world” that makes use of QR codes and hyperlinks, linked to many images, reports and background information that can be read via the smartphone, computer or tablet.
Party Leader Marianne Thieme heads the slate of the Party for Animals in the September 12 elections for the Dutch Parliament’s Second Chamber. The party currently has two seats in that Chamber.
Source: “The Daily Herald” 2012-06-26 (12)