A terrestrial baseline biodiversity assessment is being conducted, as part of the CORENA project (Coastal Resilience and Needs Assessments) through the selection of Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC) St. Maarten Foundation to conduct the work.
The objective of the CORENA project is to provide information to guide sustainable management of various habitats found in Sint Maarten. This is done through enhancing capacity for evidence-based policy development, and increasing the knowledge and willingness of the public to engage in sustainable practices.
The CORENA project has several components. EPIC’s team, including two researchers with more than 40 years combined expertise in the region’s natural history, is running the terrestrial baseline biodiversity assessment. It entails producing an inventory database of St. Maarten’s terrestrial biodiversity, achieved through in-situ field expeditions. They will also deliver local capacity training to Ministry of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure (VROMI) and Nature Foundation of Sint Maarten staff to conduct biodiversity research and analyze data collected.
Additional components include a marine baseline biodiversity assessment and an education campaign for the general public and school children, conducted by the Nature Foundation.
The CORENA project was initiated by the Ministry of VROMI and is being executed in partnership with the Nature Foundation. The project is funded by the European Union though the regional RESEMBID grant program, implemented by Expertise France in 12 overseas countries and territories in the Caribbean.