Curaçao as a new gateway for international commodity trading

A long term lease agreement between Curaçao Airport Holdings (CAH) and C-MCC Development Group LLC, was signed in Curaçao recently.  The agreement provides for the Airport Terminal Building, and 200 additional acres – 81 hectares – for the development of the Curaçao-Multi Commodities Centre (C-MCC) Worldwide Free Trade Zone. The C-MCC will be the economic engine to spur development in Curaçao’s Airport City as well as stimulating trade throughout the Americas.

Groundwork for health and wellness tourism

Willemstad - Curaçao aims to become a top wellness travel destination. The current Minister of Economic Development Eugene Rhuggenaath (PAR), Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Suzy Camelia-Römer (PNP), former Minister of Health, Environment and Nature Siegfried Victorina (SP) and former Minister of Finance Jose Jardim (Pais), signed a national decree on the development of an Economic Zone for non-medical treatments and wellness initiatives.

A circular approach to business

Willemstad - Today's linear ‘take, make, dispose’ economic model relies on large quantities of cheap, easily accessible materials and energy, and is a model that is reaching its physical limits. Through a change in perspective we can re-design the way our economy works - designing products that can be 'made to be made again' and powering the system with renewable energy. Next Tuesday the University of Curacao is the venue for a training workshop on Circular Economy and inherent business opportunities

CHATA welcomes new young leader

Willemstad- The Curaçao Hotel and Tourism Association has welcomed Miles Mercera (28) as successor of CHATA President & CEO Lizanne Dindial who stepped down after 5 years in the post. Shortly before leaving Dindial signed a Sustainability MOU with Bedrijvenplatform Milieu (BPM), reinforcing the efforts of CHATA’s Sustainability Task Force to enhance sustainability in Curaçao through the tourism & hospitality sector and CHATA Members.

Climate action needed for Paris goals. It is now up to Parliament

Willemstad – Curaçao undersigned the landmark Paris agreement on climate change, which entered into force on Nov. 4, 2016.  A coalition of the world's largest polluters and small island nations threatened by rising seas pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to keep global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius. Curaçao, one of the world’s biggest polluters per capita, has yet to produce a policy program document and action plan.

The controversial story behind Thanksgiving

According to Native American legend, corn, beans, and squash are three inseparable sisters who only grow and thrive together. Early European settlers would never have survived without the gift of the Three Sisters, which has sparked the annual Thanksgiving celebration. This year’s Thanksgiving Day marks the 24th of November.

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Seeking intelligent solutions for the reuse of wastewater. The Government of Curaçao wants to put an end to the discharge ofwastewater into the sea. Together with the Curacao Business Council for Sustainable Development the country is hosting a conference on wastewater management, to seek intelligent solutions to safeguard coastal waters andmarine life. ‘Our economy and health depend on it,’ says Tim van den Brink, secretary to the Business Council. ‘Taking responsibility for wastewater is the sustainable way to go.’

From cluttered home to space of serenity

The question of what you want to own is really the question of how you want to live your life, says Marie Kondo. The Japanese cleaning consultant takes tidying to a whole new level with the KonMari Method, defined by a category-to category approach. If you properly simplify and organize your home once, you'll never have to do it again, she promises.

What you should know about Dragon Fruit

Dragon fruit is a fast growing, vine-like, tropical cactus with fleshy, succulent fruit. When growing naturally, dragon fruit attaches branched stems to trees or rocks via adventitious roots. If you want to grow it in your garden, providing some means of support is essential.

‘Sun tax? It doesn’t have to be a problem.’

Supplier and installer of solar panels Eco Energy lost almost all of its business in Curaçao, after the introduction of Sun Tax in 2014. Nonetheless the company acknowledges the need for this monthly fee for the use of solar installations. ‘The fee itself is not the issue,’ says general manager Eelco Baak, ‘but we do think it is too high.’

Mangroves for coastal defence. How to reduce waves naturally..

Mangroves can contribute to risk reduction in many coastal settings, according to a report by Wetlands International and The Nature Conservancy, offering guidelines for policymakers. ‘In some places this role of mangroves can be enhanced by combining the protection benefits with other risk reduction measures, making them part of a wider coastal defense and disaster risk reduction strategy. ‘

Race for sustainability.

Over the last eight years, the Curaçao Business Council for Sustainable Development has successfully raised awareness, seeing its membership grow from 6 to 60 companies. ‘Now we feel the time is for action,’ says John Amarica, chairman, who emphasizes the importance of adherence to international standards. ‘If we continue to use resources irresponsibly — if we continue to waste food, water and energy — we are not even in the race.”

Indigenous heritage of continuing significance

Shimaruku. Kadushi. Chuchubi. These are Caquetio words, Gerard van Buurt explains in his book on Amerindian words in the Papiamentu language. The first inhabitants of the island left us words for mostly plants and animals; Shimaruku meaning a small tree or shrub with orange-red, Kadushi is the name for a columnar cactus and Chuchubi is a tropical mockingbird. Words with ‘shi’ are believed to be original Caquetio words.

Music is my life.

Sixty-two years ago she performed for the first time on stage. The next day her mother got a surprise visit from the pastor who asked how she could have let her sixteen year old daughter sing in a nightclub. Doña Mafalda Minguel (79) laughs: "In those days there were no female artists. I became the first and I think my mother was really proud of me."

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Climate change is real. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has provided unequivocal proof that the climate is changing. IPCC reports show that changes due to CO2 emissions will likely trigger extreme weather events, all with potentially devastating impacts. Let us remember the cost, distress and damage caused by the heavy rains and flooding in 2011 in Curaçao, which took the lives of two of our citizens.