Published On: Tue, Aug 2nd, 2016

The Waitt Institute delivers recommendations for a Sustainable Ocean Policy to the Government of Curaçao

Blue haloWILLEMSTAD - Blue Halo Curaçao reached an important milestone: The Waitt Institute delivered ten recommendations to achieve a sustainable ocean policy to the Government of Curaçao. The recommendations build from 18 months of research by the Waitt Institute and multiple collaborators to identify marine conservation priorities based on marine scientific research, consultations with Curaçao ocean users and the public, economic factors, and the existing legal system.

“I am excited to share our findings with government officials, stakeholders and the people of Curaçao” says Waitt Institute Executive Director, Kathryn Mengerink. She adds: "A comprehensive approach to ocean management is important to ensure the long-term health of Curaçao’s marine environment, livelihoods, and economies."

The Waitt Institute conducted these assessments on behalf of Blue Halo Curaçao, a joint initiative between the Government of Curaçao, the people of Curaçao, and the Waitt Institute. Blue Halo Curaçao began in February 2015, when the Waitt Institute and Prime Minister Whiteman, then Minister of Health, Environment and Nature, signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The goal of Blue Halo Curaçao is to envision, create, and implement comprehensive sustainable ocean policies.

In concluding this crucial assessment phase of the Initiative, the Blue Halo Curaçao partners will hold a series of meetings in the first week of August. During these meetings, the Blue Halo partners will discuss the Waitt Institute’s findings and lay out a roadmap to identify and implement the most feasible recommendations.

"We look forward to collaborating with our partners to identify the best policy options for Curaçao” says Blue Halo Curaçao Site Manager, Gisette Seferina. "We have worked closely with the Government of Curaçao over past year, and this week will determine how to best move forward."

On Thursday evening, 4 August, the Blue Halo Curaçao will host a community event to celebrate this milestone and share findings from the scientific assessment and community consultations. The event is open to the public and will be held at 7pm at Pop’s Place in Caracasbaai.

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