Commonwealth NGOs
related to forestry

bullet1 BAHAMAS

bullet2 Friends of the Environment

PO Box AB-20755

Marsh Harbour, Abaco

Bahamas

Email:  info@friendsoftheenvironment.org

Website: www.friendsoftheenvironment.org/

Type:  NGO   

Scope:  national   

Interest in Forestry:  central

Description

Mission: To preserve and protect Abaco‚s terrestrial and marine environments in order to achieve sustainable living for the wildlife and the people of Abaco, Bahamas.

A local volunteer organization in the Abacos of the Bahamas dedicated to the preservation of Abaco‚s natural environment through community education.

In July of 1988, concerned about local and visitor practices of taking undersized crawfish from the sea, a small group of Hope Town residents, namely Suzanne Bethel, Candace Key, Frank Kenyon and Rudy Malone, formed Friends of the Environment.

As time went on, FRIENDS added mangrove removal restrictions to their list of concerns. When a large development on the north end of Guana Cay involving dredging and marine habitat loss threatened the area, they expanded their organization the meet this challenge too.

Since 1988, FRIENDS has successfully established a network of businesses, government agencies and community residents to share information and volunteer support for environmental concerns around Abaco.

Today, Friends of the Environment is actively involved in marine protected areas, the fight against invasive species, Abaco‚€™s National Park and the education of both the young and the old to preserve the beauty, heritage and environs of Abaco.