Nicolas Maslach, Manager of the Réserve naturelle de Saint-Martin
For the past 15 years, the Réserve Naturelle has worked hard to ensure the success of its missions for environmental protection, promotion, and awareness. It keeps a close eye on various sites on land and at sea, to make sure they remain well managed and natural. This vigilance means that these sites are the ones that our island is most proud of today, and add greatly to the attractiveness of the island as a tourist destination. These constant efforts are the result of a long-term vision and strategy, which has allowed the Réserve to reinforce its scientific research, to strengthen links with its counterparts throughout the Caribbean, and to establish partnerships with close to 80 companies that host more than 400,000 tourists every year. This long-term vision will also allow Saint Martin to be innovative with the implementation of a new multi-function tool unique to the region: The Caribbean Institute of Biodiversity. The Réserve is proud to bring its contribution to the scientific and cultural development of Saint Martin by way of this Institute, which also affirms its tourism and economic policy. We are pleased to begin to present the Institute in this edition of the Journal.