Quill / Boven National 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:

National Park

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


b - Management structure, authority

The authority with full responsibility for the Quill / Boven National Park is St Eustatius National Parks Foundation, a foundation established on St Eustatius and registered with the St Maarten Chamber of Commerce.

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

Description of the management authority

The Board of Directors of St Eustatius National Parks Foundation includes stakeholder representation upon invitation or request. Current stakeholders represented on the board include: the island government beautification committee coordinator, the President of Statia Pride Foundation and a nominated dive centre. A nominated representative from fishermen has a standing invitation since 2004 but no one has stepped forward to take the seat.

  • The Manager of St Eustatius National Parks is the scientific advisor for St Eustatius for CITES.
  • The Manager of St Eustatius is a member of several island committees including the Venus Bay development committee and the oil spill contingency committee.
  • The Manager of St Eustatius National Parks has a nominated seat on the umbrella foundation Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA), a network of protected areas for the 6 islands of the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba, and is currently the elected Chair person of DCNA.
  • All EIAs for St Eustatius must be reviewed by St Eustatius National Parks.

Means to implement the framework

Five staff of the National Parks organisation were empowered as special agents of police in 2006. Two staff are remaining, and new staff are on the waiting list for the police course. The two existing special agents of police on staff are able to issue warnings and process verbal for violations. The maximum penalty for damage to fauna, flora or landscape of the National Park is Naf 5,000 (US$2,809). This is low however there have been no violations in the National Park and therefore it is considered sufficient for effective enforcement.

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

Objective Top priority Comment
Protection and conservation Yes Protection and conservation of fauna and flora as well as unique or outstanding landscapes.
One objective in the legal declaration.

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

A strategic summary in the management plan incorporates management planning and extensive stakeholder input, summarizing interaction between the goals, issues and strategies. The issues are evaluated, reviewed and reported on an annual basis by the DCNA management effectiveness project (see data reported in 2008 annual report). This is adequate for evaluation of conservation goals and reporting to the different institutions and stakeholders.

Results from the management effectiveness project are incorporated into annual reports about the national park. The revision of the management plan in 2014 will incorporate the monitoring programme feedback.

Management plan - date of publication

: 1/1/09

Management plan duration

: not specified

Date of Review planned

: 1/1/14