Dutch Caribbean Biodiversity Database


A central storage facility for long-term biodiversity monitoring data, interactive maps containing up-to-date geographic nature data, and a central archive for research and monitoring reports, journal articles and other valuable documents concerning biodiversity in the Dutch Caribbean for all interested parties to easily access relevant biodiversity information.The DCBD provides a safe and secure storage and a user-friendly interface to input data and perform analyses. It facilitates international reporting and enhances nature management.

Additional remarks: 

Category of best practice: 

Characterization of biodiversity (e.g. inventory, description of species and ecosystems)
Drivers of evolution (e.g. global and local change, dynamics of evolution, impact of human activities)
Biodiversity management (e.g. conservation ex situ and in situ, sustainable use and exploitation, rehabilitation, management of invasive species, pollutants, pesticides)
Governance and policies (e.g. interactions science/societies, regulations, decision-makers, networks, international collaborations)

Criteria used to define the best practice: 

Provision of further environmental and socio-economic benefits
Applicability/transferability to other regions
Sustainability of projects (i.e. projects remain beyond the given funding)
Adaptive management of biodiversity (allowing to cope with change of environmental conditions, e.g. climate change in time)
Good governance (involve relevant stakeholders and integrate different interests and perspectives and needs in part from local stakeholders)
Generating multiplier/imitation effects


Ministry of Economic Affairs - National Office Caribbean Netherlands (National Government of the Netherlands)

Contact details: 

Paul Hoetjes (paul.hoetjes@rijksdienstcn.com) - Policy coordinator nature

Geographic region: 



Aruba, Bonaire, CuraƧao, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Maarten