Commonwealth NGOs
related to forestry

bullet1 BAHAMAS

bullet2 Bahamas National Trust

P.O. Box N4105

The Retreat Gardens

Village Road

Nassau

Bahamas

Email:  bnt@bahamasnationaltrust.org

Website: www.thebahamasnationaltrust.org

Type:  NGO   

Scope:  national   

Interest in Forestry:  peripheral

Description

The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) was established by an Act of Parliament in 1959 as a non-governmental, self-funded, statutory body, mandated with the development and management of the National Park System in The Bahamas.

The BNT is a unique collaboration of the private, scientific, and government sectors, with a history of conservation success and innovation that spans nearly half a century.

The accomplishments of the BNT are diverse and impressive. The first marine replenishment area in the Wider Caribbean was established by the BNT in 1986. The West Indian flamingo and other endangered species have been rescued from extinction.

Hundreds of thousands of acres of valuable wetlands, forests, marine environments, and tropical ecosystems have been protected.

Innovative, award-winning contributions have been made to Bahamian environmental education and curriculum development.

Several thousand Bahamian school children participate in BNT educational programs each year. With a reference library described as “the best in the region”, the BNT continues to be a major resource center and clearinghouse for scholars, organizations, government agencies, teachers, and students conducting research on conservation in The Bahamas.

Some of the earliest promotion for protecting the environment as the foundation of tourism and the introduction of ecotourism originated from the BNT. The Trust makes vital contributions to fisheries and wildlife management, environmental protection, historic preservation, coastal zone management, sustainable development, environmental impact assessment, game bird management, and tourism development.