BONAIRE/SABA – Ms. Dahlia Hassell, well-known conservationist and native of Saba, has joined the staff of the Secretariat for the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA). Ms. Hassell will join the staff as the Projects Officer at DCNA, working closely with the park management organizations of all six islands in the Dutch Caribbean to support their conservation management actions.
Dahlia Hassell is a nature ambassador and no stranger to the Dutch Caribbean islands. A native of Saba, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and later received an MSc in Aquaculture and Marine Resources Management.
After completing her Bachelor’s degree, she joined the Saba Conservation Foundation as the Saba Bank Officer, which was mainly focused on conducting fisheries monitoring and marine research projects on the Saba Bank. Though Dahlia’s work was mainly on the sea, her ambitions evolved into guiding the youth of Saba to become nature ambassadors through environmental education programs and after school activities.
“We are very happy to welcome Dahlia to the Secretariat team,” commented Interim-Director of DCNA Tadzio Bervoets, “and we look forward in working with her in providing Park Management Organizations the support they need to do their critically important work of safeguarding nature in the Dutch Caribbean.
Dahlia steps into the role as Project Officer at the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) where she will combine her experiences with a unique local touch into projects for the Dutch Caribbean islands. She inherently understands the value of environmental education as a fundamental tool for the youth to grasp the importance of nature and looks forward to developing this tool with DCNA.