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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Taste of Bonaire is Once Again Coming This Saturday

On May 30th, Bonaire will once again enjoy the popular Taste of Bonaire event, closing out the first culinary month for the island. 

This upcoming event will focus upon Bonaire’s culture with different types of food stands, arts and crafts, and performances by Folkloric Band Foyan Boyz, The Ginies Dance Group, and Dance Group Sensation.

Be there for the event’s raffle, everyone present can participate.  Prizes consist of gift certificates for services ranging from a bottle of wine to a dinner for two. Be sure to make a plan to enjoy this upcoming “Taste” on May 30th, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM in Wilehlemina Park. (Source:  TCB)

Posted by Susan Davis on May 28, 2015 at 1:44pm AST
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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

STCB’s Mabel Nava Joins Regional Conservation Leadership Program Protecting Nature and Communities

Mabel Nava, Manager of Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire, has been selected as a participant in the 2015 Conservation Leadership in the Caribbean (CLiC) fellows program. Funded in part by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and supported by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), CLiC is an opportunity for conservation professionals in the wider Caribbean region to gain invaluable skills and experience working with proven conservation leaders. Graduates will have the competence necessary to lead on critical issues facing wildlife in the region.

The 2015 CLiC fellows are 20 representatives from 14 nations in the Caribbean region with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences in the conservation field.

“I am honored to be among those participating in the CLiC program,” said Mabel Nava. “Following the academic training, I’ll work on a team to design, implement and evaluate a program that links biodiversity conservation with sustainable development in the Caribbean. CLiC will allow me to increase my leadership network and build new skills that focus on the critical link between the sustainability of nature and the well-being of the human community.  All of this will allow me to better support STCB’s mission on Bonaire and in the wider region.”

The goal of the Conservation Leadership in the Caribbean (CLiC) fellows program is to have an established, sustainable Caribbean leadership-training program enabling effective regional networking and action to achieve sustainable conservation. (Source:  STCB)

Posted by Susan Davis on May 26, 2015 at 4:00pm AST
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

STINAPA Celebrates the International Day of Biodiversity--May 22, 2015

To celebrate the International Day of Biodiversity, STINAPA has extended an open invitation to those interested to join them at their Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival at Washington Slagbaai National Park at 9:00 AM on Saturday, May 23rd, 2015.  After a short presentation, the group will enjoy some birdwatching at Gotomeer. 

Participants should bring good walking or hiking shoes, water, and binoculars (if possible).  Participation is free, and the event is anticipated to take about two hours.

Biodiversity is essential for sustainable development and human well-being. The examples are plenty:

• Biodiversity is a vital asset in global and local economies. Biodiversity directly supports major economic activity and jobs in such diverse sectors as agriculture, fisheries, forestry, pharmaceuticals, pulp and paper, cosmetics, horticulture, construction and biotechnology.
• Food production depends on biodiversity and the services provided by ecosystems. The thousands of different crop varieties and animal breeds are founded in the rich genetic pool of species. Biodiversity is also the basis for soil fertility, pollination, pest control and all aspects important for producing the world’s food.
• Clean and secure supplies of water also depend on biodiversity. Ecosystems function as natural water infrastructure, costing less than technological solutions. Forests protect water supplies, wetlands regulate floods, and healthy soils increase water and nutrient availability for crops and help reduce off-farm impacts.
• Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning provide goods and services essential for human health--including nutrients, clean air and water and regulation of pests and vector-based diseases. Biodiversity is essential for the regulation of the immune response. Biodiversity is the basis of traditional medicine, and a large number of top-ranking global prescription drugs contain components derived from plant extracts.
• Biodiversity is the basis for sustainable livelihoods. Benefits of biodiversity are especially important to poor and vulnerable groups. To many, the goods and services derived from biodiversity directly constitute social safety nets and can mean the difference between misery and well-being.
• Biodiversity plays a major role in mitigating climate change by contributing to long-term sequestration of carbon. Biodiversity also underpins ecosystem resilience and plays a critical role as part of disaster risk reduction and peace-building strategies. Forests, wetlands and mangroves play a critical role in reducing the impacts of extreme events such as droughts, floods and tsunamis.
• Green areas in cities reduce the incidence of violence, enhance human health and well-being, and strengthen communities. Despite these facts, biodiversity is being lost at a greatly accelerated rate, largely due to human activities.

For additional information about biodiversity, visit the web site of the Convention on Biological Diversity by clicking here(Source:  STINAPA)

Posted by Susan Davis on May 20, 2015 at 3:29pm AST
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Bonaire Is Sending its Culinary Team to Taste of the Caribbean

Bonaire is sending their best chefs to the annual Taste of the Caribbean competition in Miami in June.  In past years, the Bonaire contingent has scored very well, and the island has bright hopes for another successful competition this year.

The Bonaire Culinary Team 2015 is now complete and in full training for this year’s competition. Team manager Floris van Loo, from Rum Runners Restaurant, is working with professional chefs and a bartender from several of Bonaire’s restaurants and resorts: Senior Chefs Miguel “Poppy” Saragoza and Channethon Jansen.  Junior Chef is experienced team member Giovannie Veld, and pastry chef is Junior Janga, who has also been to this competition before.  The bartender joining the team is Jay Frans, winner of the Bonaire bartender competition 2015, who also joined the team last year.  Another junior chef traveling with the team to show support as well as participate in an individual event is Ronald “Jojo” Gosepa. Giovannie and Ronald won gold in 2014 during the Caribbean Dueling Challenge for junior chefs.

Best wishes to every member of this year’s team!  (Source:  Bonhata)

Posted by Susan Davis on May 19, 2015 at 12:58pm AST
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Enjoy Bonaire Blond, Bonaire’s New Signature Beer

Bonaire now has its own signature beer, called Bonaire Blond.  The beer is island-inspired and brewed with ingredients from Bonaire. The pale beer has fresh hints of lime and an aromatic spiciness from the Aloe Vera flower grown on the local Onima Plantation. 

Bonaire Blond is a handcrafted brewed pale beer with a double fermentation in the brewing process and a third fermentation in the bottle. The pale beer is made from Barley malt only and has a slight yellow-gold color. Bonaire Blond is fresh, tasty, and the only Bonairean pale beer with character. This beer has been aged at least four weeks longer than is normally done, which only enhances the flavor in every aspect.

Bonaire Blond is an initiative from the owners of Restaurant At Sea. The beer is now exclusively available at Jibe City Hang Out Beach Bar, Little Havana, La Cantina, and Restaurant At Sea. Enjoy a cold one on your next Bonaire visit!  (Source:  BRA)

Posted by Susan Davis on May 13, 2015 at 11:50am AST
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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

CIEE Hosts Two Informative Talks This Week

CIEE will host two very informative presentations this week at their headquarters at Kaya Gobernador N. Debrot #26, on Wednesday and Thursday this week, from 7:00 PM until 8:00 PM.

The first presentation, on Wednesday, May 13th, 2015, will have Jennifer Collins, Ocean Education (National Museum of Natural History--Washington, DC, USA) speaking about Smithsonian activities and resources for the ocean enthusiasts in us all.  Jennifer will talk about the range of marine resources and programs available through the Natural History Museum to citizens including teachers and students, the science community, and the public.

On Thursday, May 14th, 2015, Dr. Allen Collins (NOAA’s National Systematics Lab) will present a talk on Jellyfish and The Polyps That Give Rise To Them.  Allen is an expert in medusozoan cnidarians, a/k/a jellyfish and kin. He will talk about biodiversity and systematics (evolutionary relationships) between these groups.

As always, entrance is free, and everyone is welcome.  (Source:  CIEE Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on May 12, 2015 at 2:09pm AST
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Friday, May 01, 2015

Enjoy 2015’s First Taste of Bonaire Opening Culinary Month on Bonaire

It’s become a signature summer event, when everyone on Bonaire meets at Wilhelmina Park for the Taste of Bonaire events.  This year’s first event will take place this coming Sunday, May 3rd, 2015.

The Taste of Bonaire events are for anyone who enjoys music, arts and crafts, and the reason for the gathering--Food!  This Sunday’s event marks the opening of of the new Bonaire Culinary Month, when in May many dining and culinary treats will be featured, so be sure to attend Sunday evening in Wilhelmina Park.  (Source:  TCB)

Posted by Susan Davis on May 01, 2015 at 12:54pm AST
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