The Bottom, Saba- The Public Entity Saba, Saba Conservation Foundation, SABARC and the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has held town hall meetings Monday and Tuesday, August 20th and 21st to inform the public of a proposal to establish a Saba National Park. Mount Scenery is one of the most unique places in the Kingdom of the Netherlands and being it’s highest mountain, it deserves a special status.
One of the sustainable development goals of the Public Entity is to establish a National Park in the northern part of the Island. The northern part of the Island features an extensive network of hiking trails and the economy of Saba relies heavily on international nature-related tourism. The Executive Council believes that Saba has the natural and cultural resources available to become a more attractive holiday destination and the establishment of a National Park will boost the tourism reliant economy.
During the meeting the general public were able to express their concerns and have questions answered. Land owners were reassured that the establishment of a park would in no way infringe on their property rights. IN practice it will stimulate the ongoing traditional agricultural use of the land and enhances the acces to the land by upgrading the walking trails to the northern part of the island.