Save Bonaire Marine Park
More than 50 years of advanced environmental legislation has been overturned on Bonaire, shifting the focus of downtown development into the Marine Park. Reason enough for STCB to initiate Save Bonaire Marine Park.
It all started in 2013 when despite a critical Environmental Impact Assessment and over 700 appeals, the Bonaire Island Council voted to revise the Spatial Development Plan (Ruimtelijk Ontwikkelingsplan Bonaire, or R.O.B.), re-zoning a portion of the Bonaire National Marine Park to allow a large commercial pier to be built in Bonaire’s protected National Marine Park waters.
In reaction, STCB, STINAPA and 86 community members filed an appeal to the BES Islands Court, revealing that the revision of zoning laws to allow commercial development in the Bonaire National Marine Park violates island policy, law and public trust.
The past three years have been intense and successful years for Save Bonaire Marine Park. So far, the courts have ruled in our favour in two important cases out of three.