Stichting Nationale Parken Bonaire (STINAPA Bonaire) is a non-governmental, not for profit foundation commissioned by the island government to manage the two protected areas of Bonaire: the Bonaire National Marine Park (BNMP) and the Washington Slagbaai National Park (WSNP).
Nature is recognized and treasured as the main resource of Bonaire’s existence and sustainable development.
STINAPA is dedicated to manage and share, protect and restore, promote and educate the resources, biodiversity and values of Bonaire’s nature.
The goals of STINAPA are defined in the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan and encompass aspects of:
* Park Management,
* Nature Conservation,
* Education and Awareness,
* Nature and Economy,
* Governance and organization,
* Team goals and,
* Marketing goals.
Stichting Nationale Parken Nederlandse Antillean (STINAPA N.A.) was founded in 1962. The objective was to have a foundation actively protecting nature on the islands of the Netherlands Antilles. The first activities of this foundation were concentrated on Bonaire. Efforts were made to safeguard the breeding grounds of the Caribbean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber ruber) and the creation of the Washington Park in 1969. It became the first sanctuary of the Netherlands Antilles. After that effort, negotiations began for the purchase of the Slagbaai plantation. Enough money was raised and in 1979 the plantation was added to the park. It became the Washington Slagbaai National Park.
In that same year, 1979, the Bonaire Marine Park was founded. During the following years marine protected areas on Curaçao and Saba and the terrestrial park, Christoffel Park, on Curaçao were founded. Each island had a commission of the foundation and by the end of the 1980’s each island turned the commissions into separate foundations. Bonaire founded Stichting Nationale Parken Bonaire (STINAPA Bonaire).
Since then, STINAPA Bonaire has been managing the protected areas of Bonaire and caring for the preservation and conservation of nature on the island.
STINAPA’s staff consists of park rangers, educators, researchers, administrators, managers, the director and more.
The STINAPA Board of Directors has a supervisory role over the Management Team and their activities. All Board members are volunteers and receive no financial compensation for their time and effort.
The Board has a maximum of eleven (11) seats, these are the board members: Jeannette Nolen-Heitkonig, Maurice Adriaens, Herbert Piar, Bruce Bowker, Agnes Joosten, Bas Noij.
Director: Arjen de Wolff
Accounting Manager: Kerenza Rannou
Education Coordinator: Desiree Croes
Communications Coordinator: Anouschka van de Ven
Manager Bonaire National Marine Park: Wijnand de Wolf
Manager Washington Slagbaai National Park: Paulo Bertuol
P.O. BOX 368, Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
Headquarter visitor’s address:
Barcadera 10, Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
Phone + 599 717 8444
Fax + 599 717 7318