Steven Piontek

First name: 

Steven

Last name: 

Piontek

Main field of expertise: 

Marine Conservation

Specialized in: 

Biodiversity
Biology
Park & Reserve management
Research
Wildlife conservation

Geographic region: 

Caribbean

Name of organisation: 

St Eustatius National Parks Foundation

Type of organisation: 

NGO

Main project your organisation is involved with, in relation to (sub)tropical biodiversity: 

Active management of the Statia National Marine Park, the Quill / Boven National Park and the Miriam C Scmidt Botanical Garden.

Good practices your organisation could share on tropical and subtropical sustainable biodiversity management: 

Topic: 

fisheries

Purpose: 

sustainable use of resources

Methodology implemented: 

stakeholder involvement in management plans and reporting violations, legislation creating the National Parks

Existing results: 

The Marine park surrounds the island, from the high water mark to a depth of 30 meters, with two managed reserves.

Topic: 

Protecting native flora

Purpose: 

prevent total elimination of some species caused by free roaming livestock

Methodology implemented: 

volunteer groups pushed local government into preserving flora and fauna

Existing results: 

creation of the Miriam C Schmidt Botanical Garden, where native plants can survive

Good practice & policies your organisation suggests/desires on (sub) tropical biodiversity management.: 

Topic: 

fencing of free roaming livestock

Purpose: 

protect native vegetation, improve quality of livestock

Methodology implemented: 

working with local farmers to sell the livestock which cannot be sustained on their propertyfor butchering

Existing results: 

some improvement, a long way to go

Topic: 

monitoring effects of il transshipment facitlity on the biodiversity

Purpose: 

set up a long term monitoring program to determine if the transshipment facility has an impact on the biodiversity

Methodology implemented: 

setting up monitoring sites within the area used by the facility and control sites around the island to detect changes in biodiversity

Existing results: 

collecting baseline data

Topic: 

species management

Purpose: 

to protect certain individual species from threats, an example is the Redbilled Tropicbird.

Methodology implemented: 

Using camera traps to observe nests

Existing results: 

observed predation of nests by invasive rats, have begun trapping rats near the nest sites

Indicate info on projects dealing with socio-econ. valuation of biodiversity your organisation has been involved in/aware of.: 

Topic: 

TEEB

Methodology implemented: 

TEEB

Existing results: 

initial results are in, waiting on final results and report

If involved in policy formulation / implementation, name policy related to your local policy in (sub)tropical biodiversity: 

Spatial Development Plan

Nature Policy Plan

Biodiversity Management Plan

Marine spatial development plan