A nature inclusive vision for Bonaire in 2050

Bonaire, one of the Dutch Caribbean islands, is facing major challenges: managing (mass) tourism and population growth, preventing high erosion rates due to free-roaming cattle, recharging fresh water into the soil, increasing the use of renewable energy, adaptation to sea level rise and extreme weather events, halting biodiversity loss and tackling the unilateral dependency on tourism. In thirty years, Bonaire inevitably will look different. Progressing on current trends will only increase the challenges, a new way of thinking, planning and acting is needed.

Together with local experts a vision for Bonaire in 2050 is portrayed, in which nature and natural processes play a key role in all development activities – a ‘nature inclusive vision’. The vision aims to inspire. It outlines a future in which economic development and a nature inclusive society join forces to maintain what is precious, and to improve what is already impaired or threatened.

The report starts by describing the policy context and challenges. It then looks at what nature inclusive concepts can offer to navigate some of the challenges Bonaire is experiencing illustrated by three-dimensional landscape visualisations.


  • Urban and elite estate expansion
  • A changing climate
  • Diversifying the economy
  • Managing tourism
  • Recharging fresh water into the soil
  • Using renewable energy
  • Maintaining, enhancing and restoring nature
  • Locl produce and healthy diets
  • Flourishing cultural heritage

This report is also published as graphical, more accesible publication. You can find that booklet here.

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