Oranjestad- St. Eustatius National Parks Foundation (STENAPA) has found a new director for the organization in the person of Erik Boman.
Boman will be the successor of current director Clarisse Buma who, after a three-year tenure, has decided to further her career in the Netherlands.
With the appointment of Boman, a biologist, the STENAPA board anticipates that the level of scientific inquiry will increase especially as it relates to the coordination of research and monitoring in the National Parks and the island generally.
Erik Boman was born in Sweden and came to Statia in 2010. He and his wife Anna worked for STENAPA as interns after they finished their Masters in biology. While Boman has been on the island for nine years, originally his intention was to only stay on the island for seven months as interns. During his nine years, he has worked as a data monitoring officer and will be finishing his PhD with Wageningen University this year.
Boman has worked and formed strong relationships with many local and regional stakeholders, especially with the fishermen. As Director of STENAPA, Boman intends to build on these relationships to advance the foundation’s collaborations. He will officially take over on 21 June. In the weeks before he will work alongside Buma and with the STENAPA team to get an overview of the tasks and responsibilities.
The Board of STENAPA says they are greatful for all the work Buma has done for the foundation.