Merels posts

Presentation of the last Conch film coming up!

I sincerely hope that this viewing on friday 17th will be attended by a wide variety of people from the community and that it can contribute in bringing people closer. That seeds can be planted for constructive cooperation, mutual understanding and sharing of knowledge in order to set the parameters for the future of the conch and the future of this island’s unique, awesome and wonderful natural treasures that I have come to love so dearly over the past 15 years. Read the rest of this entry »

Mangrove Science

Although the area of Lac and its Mangrove forest is a beautiful place to call your ‘office’, it takes a lot of patience and determination to do this kind of scientific research. Take a look at the works of Lotte Hobbelt, Vinni Ronde, Iris Vreugdehil and Tatiana Lodder, and learn more about our Mangroves! Read the rest of this entry »

The Next Step

"Here on Bonaire we should be aware that we ALL need to do our utmost to bring back a healthy Conch population. To prevent the Conch from becoming extinct. The question is; how are we going to do that and to what extend are we all willing to contribute?” That’s the question that STINAPA wants to share with the public and main stakeholders in a set of discussion evenings in the next month to come. Read the rest of this entry »

Kliko Parade

Schools on Bonaire are starting with seperating their waste. Have a look at the colorfull and loud presentation of the newly arrived 'Klikos' by the youth of Bonaire! Read the rest of this entry »

A Pioneer’s journey

"In our society everything evolves around money. That's my struggle. My business is built without money and I'm proud of that. " -Aletta van Beeck, Bonaire Watch the beautiful film about Aletta's goatfarm Kunuku Semper Kontentu and be inspired! Read the rest of this entry »

Junior Rangers Bonaire proudly present!

Last year I did a crash course in video making with Rayen and Gideon. They were eager to start working on a story of their own and had to pick their subject out of the different project activities they had attended. Have a look at what they made, Rayen and Gideon proudly present: The Conch movie! Read the rest of this entry »

Cutting the Mangrove Forest

As part of the eco-restoration project in Lac Bay Bonaire, the old canals in the Mangrove area surrounding the lagoon are being opened up to stimulate the watercirculation. There is no other way than to do this by hand; bit by bit, branche by branche and meter by meter; Men At Work! Read the rest of this entry »


One of my art-teachers from the past introduced me long ago to a Golden Rule that says ‘Less is More’. Wouldn’t this be a perfect definition for ‘Sustainability’? Or even better: When we say ‘Progression’ in the future, we would mean ‘Less is More’. Read the rest of this entry »

Boneiru Duradero!

Boneiru Duradero, -Sustainable Bonaire- is booming! Have a look at the Sustainability Market, held on the 17th of december 2012 Read the rest of this entry »

Silent Lac Bay Bonaire

Waiting on the boat whilst the Conch Restoration Team is working in the water, is sometimes just as magical as joining them..... Read the rest of this entry »