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: Painted 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 painted black iguana on the SPAW list. In preparation for this, a scientifically backed report is necessary for the SPAW nomination process.
Desk research and scientific guidance throughout the nomination process.
Nominating the Painted black iguana for the SPAW protocol Annex III.
Painted black iguana is nominated for SPAW Annex III listing.