Management of 16 protected areas now in hands of Aruba National Park Foundation (FPNA)

ORANJESTAD – Recently the Minister of Spatial Development, Infrastructure, and Environment, Marisol Lopez-Tromp, Natasha Silva (General Manager Aruba National Park Foundation and Frank Benita (Head of Water Board Management of the Department of Public Works), signed a decree (National decree) for the transfer of the management of the 16 protected areas, to the FPNA.

Minister of Spatial Development, Infrastructure and Environment, Marisol Lopez-Tromp, Natasha Silva (General Manager Aruba National Park Foundation and Frank Benita (Head of Water Board Management), sign the decree (National decree) for the transfer of the management of the 16 protected areas, to the FPNA.Zones that contain natural drainage channels (rooien) and salt lakes (salt pans) will be under the management of FPNA and DOW.

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Minister of Spatial Development, Infrastructure and Environment, Marisol Lopez-Tromp, Natasha Silva (General Manager Aruba National Park Foundation and Frank Benita (Head of Water Board Management), sign the decree (National decree) for the transfer of the management of the 16 protected areas, to the FPNA.On May 5, 2020, Minister Lopez-Tromp signed the Ministerial Decree concretizing the protection of the 16 areas of great fauna and flora value for Aruba. This process started back in 2013 when a motion was filed for the protection of these areas. In 2013 the then Member of Parliament Lopez-Tromp voted for the motion and now as the Minister responsible for the Environment she finalized the process.

The management transfer will now give content to a long-running process, benefitting the flora and fauna. The Minister emphasized the importance of the community to be aware of the natural wealth and value of Aruba. That is why it is important to follow the rules established for each of these protected areas, which are indicated with signs.

The signing of the decree is a very important historical moment for Aruba. If we don’t take care of these valuable areas they will be destroyed and lost.

Minister of Spatial Development, Infrastructure and Environment, Marisol Lopez-Tromp, Natasha Silva (General Manager Aruba National Park Foundation and Frank Benita (Head of Water Board Management), sign the decree (National decree) for the transfer of the management of the 16 protected areas, to the FPNA. Minister of Spatial Development, Infrastructure and Environment, Marisol Lopez-Tromp, Natasha Silva (General Manager Aruba National Park Foundation and Frank Benita (Head of Water Board Management), sign the decree (National decree) for the transfer of the management of the 16 protected areas, to the FPNA.

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