Bonaire

Bonaire

Bonaire

A Dutch Overseas Country and Territory located to the north of Venezuela, Bonaire has a total area of 294 km². Its population is around 16 000. The capital is Kralendijk. Tourism is Bonaire’s economic mainstay. Agricultural activities are of bigger importance than in other islands in the region, while public administration is the biggest employer. Bonaire is constitutionally (along with Saba and Sint Eustatius) considered a "special municipality" of the Netherlands.

Cooperation 2014-20

Under the 11th EDF, Bonaire has been granted an indicative amount of €3.9 million for the period 2014-2020. It is proposed to focus cooperation on renewable energy, to reduce the vulnerability of the island to external shocks.

Cooperation 2008-13

Under the 10th EDF, Bonaire received €3 million from a €24 million pledge originally allocated to the Netherlands Antilles, dissolved as an entity in 2010. The assistance is focused on a continuation of the cooperation under the 9th EDF, directed at the development of a sewage system for social housing.

At the same time, Bonaire is beneficiary of the 11th EDF-OCT Caribbean regional envelope (€40 million), focusing on sustainable energy and marine biodiversity. Bonaire is also one of the beneficiaries of a €15 million programme under the 10th EDF regional envelope for the Caribbean OCTs focusing on stimulating the growth of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and enhancing economic competitiveness and lessening social, economic and environmental vulnerabilities.