In 2017, the Spaans Lagoen, Rooi Bringamosa, and Rooi Taki were proclaimed as protected areas. The protection is for the flora and fauna of these areas.
The preliminary objective of getting the protection of these areas on the political agendas have been succeeded by the many NGO’s whose sole interest is the protection of nature.
The Department of Nature and Environment, as the entity responsible for the protection of Aruba’s nature and environment and policy formalization also contributed with the realization of this decree that includes the listing of the 16 plus areas. The (DNM) is very grateful to all who were involved with the realization of the decree, that protects the 16 plus areas.
The protection is not only important for the avifauna (birds) but also for the flora which is equally important for the coexisting and wellbeing of other fauna and flora in the area. An interdependent ecologic system; a well-balanced ecosystem. In many of the newly listed areas, many of the flora and fauna are already protected by local laws. With the inclusion of the national decree, they have a second protection layer.
The 16 added areas are:
1. California Dunes
2. IBA 1 (Important Bird Area) Tierra del Sol*
3. Saliña Malmok/ Saliña Cerca
4. Saliña Palm Beach/ Plas The Mill Resort
5. IBA Bubali Plas
6. Sero Teishi
7. Ramsar area: Spaans Lagoen and Mangel Halto
8. Rooi Bringamosa
9. Rooi Taki
10. Rooi Manoonchi
11. IBA island reefs Oranjestad
12. Mangrove areas like:
A. reefs, Parkietenbos,
B. Isla di Oro/Mangel Halto Mangroves,
C. Commandeursbaai (all areas with mangroves)
13. Rooi Lamunchi
14. Saliña Savaneta
*1 IBA = Important Bird Area
15. IBA island reefs San Nicolas to east-point
16. Coastal area near Seroe Colorado, Baby Beach to Boca Grandi
A few fauna that have been listed by the DNM in these areas are:
- Blenchi Dornasol (Ruby Topaz hummingbird ;
- Blenchi Esmeralda (Blue-tailed Emerald hummingbird);
- Cawama (Loggerhead turtles);
- Falki peregrino (Peregrine Falcon);
- Pega Pega (Yellow headed gecko);
- Prikichi (Aruban Brown-throated Parakeet );
- Raton di anochi (Long nosed bat);
- Rogans (Brown pelican);
- Santanero (Baker's cat-eyed snake);
- Shoco (Aruban burrowing owl);
- Sternchi chikito (Least Tern ) ;
- Toteki / Waltaka (Striped Anolis);
- Warawara (Crested Caracara) ;
- Yuwana (Green iguana).
Other protected organisms include:
Strombus gigas – Queen conch. Despite mentioning only one kind, there are more in the area. Rabbit feces have been spotted but the rabbits were not spotted during the research.
Some protected flora that have been spotted by the DNM in these areas include:
- Banana di Rif (Sea Purslane);
- Breba (Cactus - Cereus repandus);
- Breba di pushi (Cactus - Pilosocereus lanuginosus);
- Bushi (Melon cactus or Turk's cap cactus - Melocactus macracanthos);
- Bushi (Melon cactus Turk's cap cactus - x bozsingianus);
- Cadushi (Cactus - Ritterocereus griseus);
- Cushicuri (Barbed-wire Cactus - Acanthocereus tetragonus);
- Fofoti (White Mangroves);
- Macubari – (Kunth - Guapira pacurero);
- Mangel Preto (Black Mangroves);
- Mangel Shimaron (Buttonwood or button mangrove);
- Mangel Tam (Red Mangroves);
- Pal’i Siya blanco – (Bursera bonairensis Gumbo Limbo);
- Pal’i Siya cora (Gum Tree, Gumbo Limbo - Bursera simaruba);
- Tuna (Prickly Pear cactus - Opuntia wentiana);
- Wayaca macho – (Guaiacum officinale);
- Wayaca Shimaron – (Guaiacum sanctum).
The DNM hopes that the community knows about these areas and its protected flora and fauna, and urges the community to be more cautions and responsible when dealing with our nature and environment.
*  IBA = Important Bird Area