SPAW NOMINATION FOR THE SABAN BLACK IGUANA
Client:         Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality
Location:    Saba
Start:           2021
Status:        Completed
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Scope
‎The Cartagena Convention has been ratified by 26 countries in the Caribbean region, including the‎‎ Kingdom of the Netherlands. The protocol on specially protected areas, wild animals and‎‎ plants (SPAW) is part of this. The SPAW protocol has a list of protected animals. The‎‎ SPAW protocol also provides the basis for nature protection on the BES islands. The Saba iguana, also called: Saban black iguana‎‎ (Iguana melanoderma), only occurs on Saba within the Caribbean Netherlands. The species is not (yet) listed in the SPAW protocol. ‎Therefore, the Netherlands intends to include the Saban black iguana on the SPAW list. In‎‎ preparation for this, a scientifically backed report is necessary for the SPAW nomination process.‎
Approach
  • Desk research and scientific guidance throughout the nomination process.
  • Nominating the Saban black iguana for the SPAW protocol Annex III.
Outcome
  • SPAW nomination created for the Saban black iguana.