‘Legislation to protect nature is missing’
WILLEMSTAD - There is no legislation that protects the nature of Curaçao. This is according to Timo Brouwer of GreenForce. "This allows trees and plants to be cut down and removed without anyone thinking about the consequences."
Brouwer sounded the alarm this week because at the Spanish Water in Brakkeput mangroves were removed. Dirt had been pushed into the sea and the area was then filled up with rocks: probably to start construction of some kind of facility.
Brouwer has informed the environmental department, but notes that actions are of little use: there is no legislation that prohibits the removal of mangroves.
Mangroves are important for the island because small fish use the trees as breeding areas. Mangroves also break waves and thus protect the coast. Mangroves are an important tool against the effects of climate change.