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Euan McFarlane Environmental Leadership Award for 2016 to Tadzio Bervoets of St. Martin

Posted on March 2, 2017

The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI) has just announced that the Euan P. McFarlane Environmental Leadership Award Fund (McFarlane Fund, which is administered by the CFVI, based on a grant from the now-sunsetted Island Resources Foundation) for calendar year 2016 goes to Mr. Tadzio Bervoets of Saint Martin, in recognition of his important work as a dedicated and passionate Caribbean conservationist. The award is made based on the advice of an Advisory Committee of Caribbean conservationists, chaired by Ms. Judith Ann Towle.

A text copy of the announcement is appended below. This is the 24th McFarlane Award, which was originally endowed by Laurance S. Rockefeller in 1988 to memorialize the contributions to the conservation movement in the Eastern Caribbean by long-time Rockefeller associate Euan P. McFarlane of St. Croix.






The Advisory Committee of the Euan McFarlane Environmental Leadership Award of the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (Grantor) is pleased to announce the selection of Mr. Tadzio Bervoets in recognition of his important work as a dedicated and passionate Caribbean conservationist.

Recipients of the McFarlane Award are recognized to be persons who have applied themselves to the preservation of the natural or built environment on one or more of the small islands of the Caribbean and whose career or avocation demonstrates an appreciation of and support for the advancement of environmental stewardship and balanced development in the Caribbean. The Committee believes that presentation of the McFarlane Award to Mr. Bervoets (for the amount of $1,000) will boost conservation efforts in St. Maarten and promote recognition of the challenges faced by the region.

Mr. Bervoets was nominated by colleagues, who highlighted his policy and management skills and experience as demonstrated at local, national, and regional levels. Mr. Bervoets has both created and revitalized environmental institutions in St. Maarten, including the Ocean Care Foundation, the St. Maarten Nature Federation, the Reef Check Program in St. Maarten, and the Sea Scouts Program to teach local children about the marine environment. In addition, he helped to establish the territory’s first protected area, promoted enactment of species-specific legislation, successfully lobbied for the establishment of Mullet Pond as a Ramsar site of international importance, and serves as chair of the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance that supports conservation organizations in Bonaire, Aruba, Curacao, Saba, and St. Eustatius.

The Euan P. McFarlane Award was established in 1987 to provide recognition for persons demonstrating initiative, resourcefulness and leadership in promoting conservation and enhancement of the environment in the insular Caribbean, with priority given to the smaller islands of the eastern Caribbean. Endowment funding for the award was provided by the late Laurance S. Rockefeller, and the program was initially administered by Island Resources Foundation from 1987-2014.  The McFarlane Leadership Award is now managed by the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands as a part of its program of support to youth, learning, family support and the environment.









1988 Yves Renard St. Lucia   2003 Dr. Brian Cooper Antigua
1989 Mervin Williams St. Lucia   2004 Dr. Joth Singh Barbados
1990 Ronald Charles

Arlington James

Dominica   2005 Diana McCaulay Jamaica
1991 Alissandra Cummins Barbados   2006 Raymond Walker British Virgin Islands
1992-93 Kevel C. Lindsay Antigua   2007 Dr. I. Earle A. Kirby St. Vincent
1994-95 Jalaludin Ahmad Khan Trinidad   2008-09 Rueben J. Thompson St. Maarten
1996-97 Reginald Murphy

Maurice Widdowson


St. Kitts

  2010 Albert Hugh “Errol” Harris Dominica
1998 Andrew Simpson US Virgin Islands   2011-12 Karim Hodge Anguilla
1999 Ian Lambie Trinidad   2013 Patricia Turpin Tobago
2000 David Robinson Nevis   2014 John Mussington Barbuda
2001 Charles Chavoudiga Guadeloupe   2015 Kester Charles Grenada
2002 Jacqueline and Larry
St. Kitts   2016 Tadzio Bervoets St. Maarten



For more than 25 years, the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands has been bringing positive changes in the Territory through programs committed to youth, learning, family support and the environment.  With a professional staff and a volunteer Board of Directors composed of local community leaders, CFVI is a leading advocate and supporter of programs that give children the best starts possible while ensuring opportunity and sustainability for our community in the future.  CFVI operates or funds close to 50 community programs including The Family Connection, Kids Count, scholarships, teacher grants, emergency grants to families and elderly residents of the USVI.  CFVI is a registered non-profit entirely supported by individual donors, grants, trusts, corporate gifts.

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Contact:  Brittany Brin, Communications Manager or 340-774-6031

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