Natalia Collier

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Main field of expertise: 

Marine Conservation

Specialized in: 

Sea birds
Wildlife conservation

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Name of organisation: 

Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC)

Type of organisation: 


Main project your organisation is involved with, in relation to (sub)tropical biodiversity: 

EPIC's three primary programs are: Songbirds as Environmental Indicators Conservation of Wetlands and Coastal Habitats Conservation of Key Marine Bird Habitats Within each program, there are specific projects which can be accessed here:

Love the Lagoon Project Mission: To protect and restore the Simpson Bay Lagoon and other wetlands of St. Maarten/St. Martin. Primary activities: Education, media campaigns, legislative advocacy, Blue Flag Beach and Marina eco-label, mangrove restoration, sewage pumpout boat, water quality testing, avian research

Black-capped Petrel Conservation Mission: To identify nesting areas of the endangered Black-capped Petrel using radar technology and implement conservation strategies outlined in the Species Recovery Plan. Primary Activities: Research using radar at potential nest sites, education, conservation advocacy

Seabird Breeding Atlas of the Lesser Antilles Mission: Complete the first comprehensive and standardized survey of seabird breeding colonies in the region, identify conservation priorities, and implement actions to address conservation priorities. Activities: research, outreach, community-based conservation

Good practices your organisation could share on tropical and subtropical sustainable biodiversity management: 


species conservation


Conserve the Black-capped Petrel

Methodology implemented: 

The Black-capped Petrel Conservation Working Group is an affiliation of organizations working with the species. The group adheres to and periodically updates the Species Recovery Plan and meets to ensure that all parties are communicating and cooperating where feasible. It is an association with no one group serving as the leader.

Existing results: 

The partnership has allowed for a multi-faceted yet coordinated approach to research and conservation of the species, further strengthened by the diversity of partners. Given the geographic distance between partners, communication is a key element to success.


mangrove restoration


Restore mangroves to the Simpson Bay Lagoon

Methodology implemented: 

Using funding from outside foundations or donations from a mangrove nursery, volunteers planted mangroves in the Simpson Bay Lagoon and other wetlands.

Existing results: 

Some sites with over 80% seedling survival rate Build community concern and personal connection to mangrove habitat

Indicate info on projects dealing with socio-econ. valuation of biodiversity your organisation has been involved in/aware of.: 


Seabird harvest

Methodology implemented: 

Surveys of residents, primarily fishers conducted and preliminary results reported back to the community.

Existing results: 

Preliminary data needs further analysis and will be used as one tool in developing a community-based conservation management plan.