The Park’s main task is to conserve, manage and protect our local flora, fauna and culture.

In order to conduct our main task successfully, it is crucial for our park to constantly have knowledge about:

  • The current state of our flora, fauna and ecosystems
  • The current state of the cultural landmarks within the park
  • Long term implications that can sustain our main goal

The current state of the natural surroundings is being researched trough several monitoring and research programs. These programs are being conducted with international partners and will provide park management with valuable implications that further support sustainable management of Parke Arikok. Our current projects are:

  • Bat monitoring (on going)
  • Cascabel Monitoring (on going)
  • Reforestation pilot project (design phase)
  • Restoration of ‘Cunucu Arikok’ (in progress)

Keep in mind that nature management is a continuous learning process and that our park will continue to strive to launch monitoring/ research projects that enable us to achieve our main goal. For more information on our projects please contact our Research and Education department at:

Spaans Lagoen Management Plan

A management plan usually has a duration of approximately 10 years. It indicates the direction in which FPNA will work with the management. For the Spanish Lagoon area, FPNA will focus on concrete nature conservation activities for the coming 8-10 years:

– Habitat and types of management

– Restoration of habitats (including mangroves)

– Management / approach of exotics and invasive species

– Public access and recreation (including physical infrastructure)

– Legal protection and enforcement

– Research and monitoring

– Communication and education

– Acquisition of sufficient, sustainable resources (including finance and personnel) for ensuring effective implementation and realization of the management plan
Note that the management plan is a living document. Within the coming ten years, the management plan may be adjusted should new insights or circumstances give reason to do so.

The management plan for Spaans Lagoen will be introduced in the coming months to stakeholders – including local residents, local fishing communities, tour operators and livestock farmers. A cooperation agreement with various parties still has to be developed.

Position Paper: Considerations for the Legalization of Spearfishing in Aruba

The position paper “Considerations for the Legalization of Spearfishing in Aruba” is directed at the government agencies charged with the conserving and regulation of the marine environments, but also to inform the public at large.

Position Paper – English