Mr. Biemans joins the Supervisory Board of Fundacion Parke Nacional Aruba
Published on November 10, 2020
Last month, none other than the renowned owner and CEO of the Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort – Mr. Ewald Biemans – joined the Supervisory Board of Fundacion Parke Nacional Aruba (FPNA). With this addition, the FPNA Board is almost at full strength and ready for the challenges that are in the pipeline in the near future: including further professionalization and building resilience of the organization, as well as the realization of various ambitious plans for nature conservation and sustainability.
Mr. Biemans has been managing the Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort for decades. Under his leadership, the hotel was named the world’s most sustainable hotel as a Green Globe Platinum resort in 2016. In 2020, the resort received the highest rating of Green Globe certification for sustainable travel and tourism companies. This makes it the first and only CO2-neutral hotel in the Caribbean. Last month, Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort was the first hotel in the world to win the UN 2020 Climate Action Award. The always progressive Biemans has already indicated that he is now going for “carbon negative”.
Mr. Biemans was a member of the board of the Fundacion Parke Nacional Arikok in the past, operating under the name Fundacion Parke Nacional Aruba (FPNA) since 2017. His knowledge and experience were instrumental in the creation of Parke Nacional Arikok. Now Biemans will undoubtedly play a central role in the transition of FPNA to a sustainable organization that strives for “low-impact”. FPNA also hopes to welcome and announce a fifth board member soon. With this, the Supervisory Board will be complete.
Fundacion Parke Nacional Aruba (FPNA)
FPNA is an independent foundation, which since 2003 has managed a large part of Aruban nature on behalf of the government. The Foundation operates under a professional Supervisory Board and an Executive Board, and according to the standards of Good Corporate Governance.
FPNA’s main activities consist of:
- managing, protecting, restoring and developing natural areas within the framework of sustainable development and optimizing biodiversity;
- sustainably conducting Visitor Management within the management areas;
- conducting (applied, scientific) research;
- providing information and organizing, supporting and promoting educational activities and projects;
- advising – solicited and unsolicited – on projects and developments that are directly or indirectly related to nature;
- collaborating with organizations and people who are active in the same field.
Until the end of 2019, FPNA managed the Parke Nacional Arikok and the Ramsar area Spaans Lagoen (together with drainage areas Rooi Frances, Rooi Bringamosa and Rooi Taki). In 2019, the newly established marine park was also brought under the management of FPNA and in 2020 an additional 13 terrestrial areas were added as management areas.
The Parke Nacional Arikok and the visitor center of this park are open daily from 08:00 AM – 04:00 PM. See www.arubanationalpark.org for more information about FPNA and (visiting) the various management areas, including the Parke Nacional Arikok.