Hello and welcome to Saba!
My name is Nick Zachar and I am the producer and director of Saba: The Unspoiled Queen.
I recently spent 4 days on a relatively unknown island called Saba. It is one the Leeward Islands of the eastern Caribbean, about 30 miles south of St. Maarten.
Saba is a model for sustainability and a place that still has a chance of remaining pristine. I have been fortunate to travel much of the Western Hemisphere, and those who live on Saba are truly the most amazing people I have ever met. Their passion for the island is unlike anything I have ever seen. The island's residents are actively protecting its natural resources, and are a model of environmental protection that places around the world should take note of.
With that being said, this Dutch island has a lack of resources and funding for future efforts. It is one of the only places left in the world where both the land and the sea can have a promising future, with the proper support, of course.
Known for its diving, Saba has some of the most beautiful coral reefs in the world. With all of the dramatic effects of climate change on coral reefs in the Caribbean and worldwide (algal growths, ocean acidification, invasive species to name a few) Saban reefs are persevering. I have been diving reefs throughout the Caribbean for 15 years, and I am never more excited than when I know I am heading out on a dive in Saba's waters. With that said, I am worried that the negative effects being experienced by reefs worldwide as a result of climate change could spread to Saba's natural resources. Through this film we intend to explore how the people on the island are implementing management plans and conducting research in order to combat the effects of climate change.
The island is doing impressive things to preserve its natural resources. The Saba Conservation Foundation is actively taking part in conservation efforts, including a recently deployed shark study to monitor shark populations, and a youth education program about the importance of marine resources.
You might ask why Saba?
Well, it is truly a one of a kind place, the only place of its kind left in the world.
What makes Saba especially unique is its geological history. It is a sleeping volcano, and it's terrestrial environments are truly spectacular. It boasts 18 trails (maintained by the Saba Conservation Foundation) and has every ecosystem besides arctic tundra. It is one of the few places in the world where you can go from hiking in the cloud forests to scrambling volcanic metamorphic rock formations with cacti growing in the rocks in one day. The island is also home to many unique species of island birds.
Long story short: SABA NEEDS HELP TO PROTECT ITS TREASURES.
There is so much we can learn from the island and those who live there. It is one place where the inhabitants care more about their natural resources than money.
I am returning to the island from April 26th-May 3rd with Ross Godwin, an incredibly talented cinematographer, and Susan Billings, our Promotion and Outreach Manager. We will be finishing up filming, and eating some lionfish while we are at it (more on lionfish to come)!
Follow this blog for updates on the project!