Saba National Marine Park

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Describe the mechanisms and programmes that are in place in regard to each of the following management tools in the nominated site (fill only the fields that are relevant for your site)

Management tools Existing Mechanisms and programmes in place Comments (if any)
Public awareness, education, and information dissemination programmes yes The SCF Facebook page is maintained with video and photograph updates as well as live streams of information on Facebook and Twitter. There are frequent press releases on relevant stories and new outreach materials are developed every year. Annually five editions of the Saba Sparks newsletter are sent out to 3600 people on the SCF contact list. A range of other events are coordinated by SCF including presentations, guided tours of the marine park for a variety of groups and individuals and coastal clean up events. Education programmes are operated through The Sea and Learn, which involves 200 tourists and locals annually. Dive Guide Orientations are run for new dive professionals on the island when they arrive. Junior ranger courses and snorkel club continue to be popular with local children. IN 2013 a junior ranger exchange also took place. A dedicated Environmental Education school programme covers topics including the Marine Park involving 150 participants annually. In addition, staff members visit schools to give presentations on relevant marine related topics. Students also have the opportunity to take part in the summer intern programme, gaining experience working with SCF for five ours a day, five days a week for a month. Students are also able to gain SCUBA diving certifications through the ‘Youth environmental leadership programme’ run by SCF.
Capacity building of staff and management yes The staff of Saba Conservation Foundation frequently take part capacity building exercises relevant to the management of the marine park. This includes international symposia and meetings such as IMPAC and EU overseas territories meetings as well as specific training on species, maintenance and disaster response. Staff also take part in exchanges with other protected area management organisations in the DCNA, and routinely participates in the Agoa marine mammal surveys
Research, data storage, and analysis yes Saba Conservation Foundation carries out it's own research and analysis when the need and capacity is sufficient. Data from monitoring programmes are also contributed to international databases. Other Institutions, NGO's and researchers occasionally carry out work in the MPA and their work is stored centrally by SCF staff. More recently The DCNA has instigated a central database for the storage of all monitoring and research outputs.
Surveillance and enforcement yes There are three formal patrols in the marine park each week, each for three hours. Surveillance and enforcement also play a part in every day activities when staff are in the field working with stakeholders or carrying out maintenance tasks. Staff are active in handing out verbal and written warnings and prosecutions are followed up as necessary. The manager is on call for emergencies 24 hours a day.
Participation of exterior users yes SCF staff continue to meet with users as required. Communications take place not only through formal and informal meetings but also through a variety of media (see above). The opinions of exterior users are considered carefully in the management of the park.
Alternative and sustainable livelihoods yes SCF has worked on renewable energies to supply the office with electricity. This includes a wind turbine and solar panels.
Adaptative management yes The DCNA Management Success Project aims to provide detailed information on the successes and challenges of each park in the Dutch Caribbean (including SNMP), including the external environment (context), issues and threats and the park operational management. Management planning and an institutional review will hopefully take place at some point in 2014/15, when capacity allows. The monitoring of activity through the Management Success Project, and management planning will facilitate management that can be adapted to fit with current threats and capacities. Currently adaptive management is not defined and is carried out in situ by the manager and the board of SCF.