A Dutch Overseas Territory with a total area of 34 km², Sint-Maarten’s population numbers 50 000 and its capital is Philipsburg. Tourism is the mainstay of the economy. Within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Sint Maarten has country status alongside the Netherlands, Aruba and Curaçao. The French Overseas Department Saint-Martin is its northern neighbour on the same island.
Under the 11th EDF, Sint Maarten is allocated €7 million. It is proposed to continue the project under the 10th EDF and assist the Government in ensuring proficient waste water treatment and protect the marine biodiversity of the island.
Under the 10th EDF, Sint Maarten was allocated €4.75 million, in the form of project support. These funds are used for a sewerage project benefiting lower income housing. Implementation of this project should have positive results on sanitation, health and the environment, eliminating the current overflow of septic tanks in heavy rain.
At the same time, Sint Maarten is a beneficiary of the EDF-OCT Caribbean regional envelope of €40 million, which will focus on developing sustainable energy and marine biodiversity in the Caribbean. Sint Maarten is also one of the beneficiaries of a €15 million programme under the 10th EDF regional envelope for the Caribbean OCTs which focuses on stimulating the growth of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). The programme is enhancing economic competitiveness and lessening social, economic and environmental vulnerabilities.