Sint Maarten Pride Foundation has compiled a video which chronicles the most serious local Environmental Crime of the decade; The destruction of the Dawn Beach Pond and its surrounding ecosystems.
Sint Maarten, Netherlands Antilles is currently facing a very serious Environmental crisis. Inadequate, incomprehensive zoning legislation combined with the mounting drive for new (tourism) accommodations, urbanisation, and transportation infrastructure has led to increased pressure to excavate Hills and reclaim land from ponds, lagoons and other ecologically significant areas. Conservation NGO’s believe that if left unmanaged the aforementioned will continue, resulting in complete loss of Sint Maarten’s biodiversity and natural appeal. NGO’s point out that the continuing destruction of Sint Maarten’s ecosystems will also have negative consequences on the island’s economy as Sint Maarten’s natural characteristics embody the basis for its economic pillar: Tourism.