Curaçao Environmental Statistics Compendium 2016


Curaçao Environmental Statistics Compendium 2016

Introduction Environmental Statistics Compendium 2016

 The demand for environment statistics is increasing in accordance with continuing environmental challenges faced by modern societies such as population pressure, energy issues, sustainable development and climate change. The environment is ever more present in public policies and development plans. Also in the Caribbean with its many islands and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and so, also in Curaçao.

The recognition that human well-being and development depends on the environment, has led to an increasing emphasis on environment and sustainability concerns (e.g. the 2013 report on ‘Strategies for Sustainable Long Term Economic Development’[1] and the National Development Plan Curaçao 2015) on which decisions and actions need to be taken. Paramount to these actions is the regular production of environment statistics of the highest quality. These statistics portray key information about the state of the environment and its changes through time.  Furthermore, they give information to organizations, students and our society and can be used as input and support for fact-based policymaking. Like in other developing countries and SIDS environment statistics is a new and emerging domain which is typically endowed with limited resources (technical, financial and human) and is challenged by a developing institutional set-up and inter-institutional coordination.   

This second Compendium 2016 is structured in 7 sections which include:

  1. Environmental conditions and quality,
  2. Environmental resources and their use,
  3. Residuals and waste,
  4. Extreme events and disasters,
  5. Human settlements and environmental health,
  6. Environment protection and management,
  7. Tourism.


[1] Strategies for Sustainable Long Term Economic Development in Curaçao, May 2013, also called ‘T.A.C. report’