Since 2010, efforts have gone into the development of a Dutch Caribbean Biodiversity Database (DCBD), a Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs funded-project being developed by research institutions Alterra and Imares. The goal of the DCBD is to guarantee long-term data availability, support nature management and facilitate international reporting requirements. In 2012 the DCBD was launched online at http://www.dcbd.nl and is now at a critical development juncture where development needs to proceed hand in hand with strategic content management in order to ensure that the database is used and useful to all target audiences. The Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) was contracted in December 2012 by the Ministry to assist with the content management of the DCBD.
In May 2013, DCNA and Alterra staff visited the data collectors and other interested parties on the islands of St. Maarten, Saba and St. Eustatius in order to present progress of the DCBD, collect monitoring data and gain direct development recommendations.