Naturalised and invasive alien plant species in the Caribbean Netherlands

IAS PIC Dutch CaribbeanThe Netherlands are signatories of the international Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). This implies that the nation will protect biodiversity on its territory. This includes the protection of natural fauna and vegetation from negative impact caused by invasive alien species. By 10-10-2010 the BES islands (Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba) became ‘special municipalities’ of the Netherlands. They together form “Caribisch Nederland” (Caribbean Netherlands, Hulanda Karibe). Due to this stronger link to the Netherlands many responsibilities have moved from the Antillean government to the Netherlands. This includes important responsibilities with respect to the protection of nature. The present study was financed by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation and included a literature study, a field trip and writing of the present document with main observations, conclusions and recommendations. A major part of the report consists of an alphabetical list of (known) invasives with their current status (4.1.1.). Apart from the three islands belonging to Caribisch Nederland, for completeness, some attention is given to Aruba, Curacao and St. Maarten as well.

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