Why I still have hope for coral reefs

Why I still have hope for coral reefs

Corals in the Pacific Ocean have been dying at an alarming rate, particularly from bleaching brought on by increased water temperatures. But it's not too late to act, says TED Fellow Kristen Marhaver. She points to the Curacao -- given time, stable temperatures and strong protection, corals there have shown the ability to survive and recover from trauma. Marhaver reminds us why we need to keep working to protect the precious corals we have left.

Farming for a sustainable future

Farming for a sustainable future

‘We are the first culture in human civilization that eats routinely unpronounceable food; we are the first culture in human civilization that eats food that you can’t make in your kitchen. Have you ever tried to make high fructose corn syrup in your kitchen?’ This is one of many quotes of Joel Salatin, the famous American farmer who wants to rekindle your relationship with food. Following his advice, Roland van Reenen and Gianne Balentien, are leading a young movement of local farmers in Curaçao who maintain integrity in the food they produce.

Curaçao as a new gateway for international commodity trading

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

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

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

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

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.

Sustainable Curacao Magazine 3

Sustainable Curacao Magazine 3

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.’