Category Archives: Projects

Bonaire Cave & Karst Recreational Park

DESCRIPTION
In order to guarantee the enjoyment and safety of visitors as well as the integrity of the caves, this project aims to create a cave park with proper trails to access cave entrances and signage including cave maps showing the different levels of difficulty, safety indications and highlighting cave values. It will be imperative that the infrastructure of the park does not affect the character of the caves and the natural surrounding areas.
COORDINATOR
Ruud Stelten                                                                                 ruud.stelten@caribss.org
TIMEFRAME
 From: August 2017          To:  December 2018
FUNDING STATUS
 Funds Approved.
FUNDERS
 Dutch Government
PARTNERS

 Dutch Government

Openbaar Lichaam Bonaire

WILDCONSCIENCE BV

GOALS

 >To create proper trails and signage to cave entrances,

>To create an adequate parking area,

>To explore and document the caves included in the park according to international safety standards,

>To identify and document natural resources contained in them,

>To have well guided and controlled visits to the caves,

>To identify and document their cultural and historical values.

 

S.I.C.O.M. Recognition For 2 Bat Maternity Roosts on Bonaire

DESCRIPTION

A.I.C.O.M. and  S.I.C.O.M. (Spanish acronyms for Area and Site of Importance for Bat Conservation) are designations that indicate international recognition granted by a group of world class bat scientists. The designation can be used as a tool to obtain local legal protection for a priority roost.

On the island of Bonaire we found two caves without any legal protection that serve as the only maternity chambers for at least 2 species of insect-eating bats and therefore meet the criteria for obtaining international recognition as a SICOM.

In order to support our SICOM applications with scientific data, we  will assess the physical characteristics of these roosts by mapping the caves. Additionally, in order to estimate their population size, determine the life cycle of the species and the yearly patterns of use of the roosts, we will conduct periodical (every 2 months for 2 consecutive years) estimations of relative abundance of the species by setting harp traps and/or mist nets at the exit of each cave.

COORDINATOR
Fernando Simal                                                    fernando.simal@caribss.org
TIMEFRAME
From: August 2017 To: December 2017
FUNDING STATUS
Funds Approved
FUNDERS
 Dutch Government
PARTNERS

 Dutch Government

Openbaar Lichaam Bonaire

WILDCONSCIENCE B.V.

GOALS
> To obtain international recognitions by RELCOM as a site of IMPORTANCE for bat conservation for Kueba di Bakuna.

 

Bonaire Cave Tour Guide Certification Course

DESCRIPTION

Caves in Bonaire are relatively unexplored and non-documented, with the exception of a few ones. These caves are frequently visited by tourists and locals and receive a significant impact due improper caving procedures or lack of coordination.

The Bonaire Dry Cave Guide Certification Course aims to solve this problem, by providing quality training for cave guides, and by developing a management framework that ensure the conservation of the caves  by correct, professional, safe and coordinated usage.

COORDINATOR
Alejandro Gutiérrez                                                    exploration@caribss.org
TIMEFRAME
Ongoing
FUNDING STATUS
Funds Approved
FUNDERS
 Dutch Government
PARTNERS

 Dutch Government

Openbaar Lichaam Bonaire

WILDCONSCIENCE B.V.

GOALS

> To train cave guides on adequate emergency response protocols.

> To enhance the visitors experience.

> To train cave guides in proper caving techniques, equipment and safety procedures.

> To develop environmental awareness and sustainable caving activities.

> To create a certified cave guides database that can be consulted by the users.

 

Bonaire Dry Cave System Exploration

DESCRIPTION

Caves in Bonaire are relatively unexplored and non-documented. To find and document these caves is essential for their proper management and protection.

The Bonaire Dry Cave System Exploration Project is a long term enterprise conducted by a local team of speleologists, along with the collaboration of individuals, organizations and companies that believe that the economy and health of the island and its inhabitants depends on the conservation, promotion and sustainable use  of the local nature.

COORDINATOR
Alejandro Gutiérrez                                                     exploration@caribss.org
TIMEFRAME
Ongoing
FUNDING STATUS
 Looking for funds
FUNDERS
PARTNERS
GOALS

 >To locate new caves in Bonaire and Klein Bonaire,

>To explore and document these caves accordingly to international safety standards,

>To identify and document natural resources contained in them,

>To identify and document their cultural and historical values.