To date, bird wildlife and its most important (micro) habitats are not protected in Aruba. On September 13th, 2012, Aruba Birdlife Conservation submitted a petition to the Parliament of Aruba. The petition entails protecting 16 (micro) habitats around the island by making them part of Parke Nacional Arikok. Among the non-protected areas are four Important Bird Areas (IBAs) and one Ramsar Wetland Area.
On February 6th, 2013, 12 members of Parliament presented a motion to have these 16 (micro) habitats protected and declared as part of Parke Nacional Arikok. The motion was carried by all 21 members of Parliament; a unanimous decision. The Government was requested to have this done within 3 months of the passing of the motion.
On February 27th, 2013, Aruba Birdlife Conservation sent a petition to the Council of Ministers, requesting the council to ratify the unanimously carried motion in parliament.
All above documents can be found in this website under LIBRARY.
The photograph depicts the moment that drs. Paul Croes, President of the Parliament of Aruba, receives the petition from Greg Peterson, president of Aruba Birdlife Conservation.
We hope that the Council of Ministers of Aruba will soon grant the protection and conservation of these significant habitats.