Saba National Marine Park

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a - Legal and policy framework (attach in Annex a copy of original texts, and indicate, if possible, the IUCN status)

National status of your protected area:

The Saba National Marine Park is legally protected through a Ministerial Decree signed on 25th June 1987. Subsequent ordinances legislate for zoning/fees, anchoring, moorings, and fisheries. See Attachment 8.

Internationally, Saba is also party to;

The CITES convention

Cartegena Convention and its SPAW Protocol

Inter American Convention for the Protection and Conservation of Sea Turtles (IAC)

Convention On Biological Diversity (CBD)

Convention On The Conservation Of Migratory Species Of Wild Animals (“Bonn Convention” or CMS)

Ramsar Convention On Wetlands (Ramsar)

International Convention For The Prevention Of Pollution From Ships


These international agreements, signed by the Kingdom of the Netherlands, are also binding for the Caribbean Netherlands, Curacao, and St. Maarten (and, with the exception of the IAC, also for Aruba) and the island governments are required by law to implement the provisions of the international treaties. The Kingdom Government (for all practical purposes the government of the Netherlands) is ultimately responsible for the isalnds' compliance and has the authority to annull any decisions by the islands that are in contravention of binding international agreements.

IUCN status (please tick the appropriate column if you know the IUCN category of your PA):


b - Management structure, authority

The island government of Saba, responsible for the management of the Saba National Marine Park has mandated the Saba Conservation Foundation (SCF) a non-governmental organisation established in 1987 to preserve and manage Saba’s natural and cultural heritage, with the management of the marine park.

c - Functional management body (with the authority and means to implement the framework)

Description of the management authority

The Saba Conservation Foundation (SCF) is a non-governmental organisation established in 1987 with a mission to preserve and manage Saba's natural and cultural heritage. It is committed to the idea that a stronger island economy will result from the sustainable use of Saba’s rich and virtually unspoiled resources. SCF is the only organisation on Saba with a mandate for environmental protection. In order to achieve its goal, the SCF manages a network of hiking trails, encourages the preservation of historic buildings, and promotes supportive scientific research and education. The SCF also manages the Saba National Marine Park and oversees the operation of the Saba Bank National Marine Park. The SCF is responsible for meeting the major expense of nature management.

The foundation is non-profit organisation, relying on fee-generated income, grants and government subsidies. Saba Conservation Foundation has its base in Fort bay next to the harbour on the South Coast of Saba and also has a ticketing, souvenir sales and information office in the centre of Windward side near the trailhead for Mt Scenery. 

Means to implement the framework

The Saba Conservation Foundation (SCF) has been operational as an organization since 1987. Over time, the organization has expanded the scope of its responsibilities and has grown as an organization. The SCF has a permanent Board of six Directors, which oversees Saba National Marine Park, Saba Terrestrial Park and Trails activities, the information centre and shop and directs overall strategy. Elected Board members have additional responsibilities in accordance with respective positions. Board meetings take place intermittently with minutes taken, which were circulated to the attendees. There also ad hoc management committee meetings.

SCF staff has changed considerably over recent years, with three members, including the Manager, having been at the organisation more than 4 years. There are now several well qualified and experienced staff and dedicated resources for the management of Saba National Marine Park.

SCF’s mission is to contribute to the sustainable development of Saba through the preservation and sensible use of the island’s natural and cultural resources.

A CAMPAM capacity assessment is in Attachment 23. An out of date protecetd area analysis in comparison to other Caribbean parks in included in Attachment 24.


d - Objectives (clarify whether prioritized or of equal importance)

Objective Top priority Comment
To preserve and manage the natural environment of Saba both on land and in the sea. No
To ensure that areas that are exceptionally scenic, host endemic species of plants and animals, or have unique geological, cultural and historical values are preserved and managed for present and future generations No
To maximize the economic, educational, recreational and scientific potential of natural, cultural and geological areas to the benefit of the people of Saba and those who visit, in so far as this does not conflict with the objectives of conservation. No
To preserve buildings, monuments and sites of historic, archaeological and cultural significance on Saba. No

e - Brief description of management plan (attach in Annex a copy of the plan)

The Saba Marine Park Management Plan was written in 1999 and is in need of updating, see Attachment 2.


The duration and the review date were not included in the document.

Management plan - date of publication

: 6/9/99

Management plan duration

: 5

Date of Review planned

: 3/3/15