Socio-economic & Environmental Sustainability

“Sustainable development is about meeting the needs of today's citizens and society without adversely affecting the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. This entails ensuring environmental, economic and social well-being for today and tomorrow. As tourism and tourism related services are the driving force of Sint Maarten's economy, accounting for an estimated 80 percent of the island's economic activity, sustainable development in Sint Maarten calls for sustainable tourism.

Our economy will continue to be dependent on tourism. This should give us even more reason to care for our natural resources and to develop in a sustainable manner. Government will work towards boosting and diversifying our economy through various initiatives and projects, focused on creating a good investment climate, facilitating business development, extending the tourist season and diversifying the tourism sector.

Sint Maarten consists of sixteen square miles, as such there is a limit to the extent of its physical growth. Sustainable development must be high on the agenda and should be reflected in legislation, policies, programs and initiatives. Therefore, environmental protection, infrastructure management, and investment in human capital remains paramount to growth and development. In addition, we need to be careful with our resources, requiring initiatives and projects such as the waste to energy plant, garbage sorting, solar panels at schools and increasing our renewable energy resources."

Projects


Regulate socio-economic and environmental sustainability

Initiative Ministry
  • Implement legislation and policies in Economic Affairs
TEATT
  • Finalize amendments of Book 7 Title 10 Civil code
VSA
  • Facilitate flexibility in the Labor law
VSA
  • Develop reliable labor statistics to produce evidence-based policies
VSA
  • Approve and implement the new VROMI Ordinance
VROMI
  • Implement and enforce necessary legislation and policies in Environment
VROMI
  • Implement and enforce necessary legislation and policies in Transportation
TEATT

Stimulate economic growth and development

Initiative Ministry
  • Facilitate business development
TEATT
  • Intensify economic development
TEATT
  • Support and promote local entrepreneurship and small and medium sized enterprises (SME) sector
TEATT
  • Stimulate agricultural initiatives
TEATT
  • Restructure the organizational structure of the Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunication
GA, TEATT

Fortify and diversify the tourism sector

Initiative Ministry
  • Finalize the process to realize the Sint Maarten Tourism Authority (STA)
TEATT
  • Strengthen the maritime and aviation hub position of Sint Maarten
TEATT
  • Strengthen the tourism product
TEATT
  • Promote sports tourism
ECYS, TEATT
  • Develop edu-tourism
ECYS, TEATT
  • Expand our national carrier services to cater to regional and international destinations as well as broaden the scope of services
TEATT

Invest in human capital

Initiative Ministry
  • Ensure that education is in tune with the employment and sustainable needs of our society
ECYS, VSA, TEATT
  • Support employment opportunities
VSA
  • Facilitate and stimulate the creation of a skilled labor force
VSA
  • Strengthen the tripartite consultation process between labor unions, employers and government
VSA

Responsible energy production and consumption

Initiative Ministry
  • Implement the Energy Policy Plan
VROMI
  • Promote the use of green energy for production of electricity and water for Sint Maarten?s consumption
GA, ECYS, VROMI
  • Stimulate and support clean, renewable and affordable energy and water management infrastructure and initiatives
VROMI

Enhance infrastructure management

Initiative Ministry
  • Continue with the renovation and upgrading of schools
ECYS
  • Improve quality of telecommunication
TEATT
  • Update and realize the execution of the Comprehensive Road Network Plan
VROMI
  • Proper management of water drainage
VROMI
  • Expand the sewage network
VROMI
  • Develop the infrastructure of the Simpson Bay Strip
VROMI
  • Realize parking facilities
TEATT
  • Proper management of cemeteries
VROMI

Preservation of natural resources

Initiative Ministry
  • Protect and preserve our waters
TEATT
  • Ensure responsible management of the environment
VROMI
  • Identify a site for the Creation of a Man and the Biosphere Reserve (MAB)
ECYS, TEATT, VROMI

Streamline transportation systems

Initiative Ministry
  • Establish a transportation tripartite
TEATT
  • Develop a master traffic circulation plan
TEATT
  • Improve mobility
TEATT, VROMI