The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) is partnering with Leonard Thompson International Airport (LTIA) to promote national parks and raise funds for nature conservation on Abaco. The island’s six national parks protect a range of ecosystems from the north to the south, as well as the plants and animals that depend …
The Forestry Department, in carrying out the mandate of the government to create protected areas for a sustainable forest preserve throughout The Bahamas, held a series of town meetings to discuss the proposed protected sites on Abaco and introduce the draft regulations for hunting licenses.
The 7th Biennial Abaco Science Alliance Conference (ASAC) was held from Jan.6-9 at New Vision Ministries. Kristin Williams, executive director of Friends of the Environment, led with opening remarks explaining that the conference began 12 years ago in an effort to raise awareness of the importance of our environment, and to encourage more research and education of communities in The Bahamas.
In a landmark decision, the Ministry of Environment announced a list of new Marine Protected Areas (MPA) across the Bahamas, including four areas on Abaco, as they seek to meet the goal of protecting at least 20 percent of its marine environment by the year 2020.
I’d like to start this editorial by publicly thanking my hard working staff. Last issue (September 1) I was off-island during the time we typically assemble this newspaper. They were able to pick up my slack and put out a product I can be proud of and I hope you readers enjoyed.
As of July 2014, Mr. Gilbert Davis, head of the recently elected Murphy Town Committee, has been trying to clean up and revitalize the settlement of Murphy Town.
Recently, Bahamas National Trust (BNT) officials met with local communities in Abaco to discuss proposed parks. Meetings were held in Marsh Harbour, Cherokee and Cross Harbour.
According to Lakeshia Anderson, Bahamas National Trust’s (BNT) Grand Bahama National Parks Manager, Abaco Management Planning Meetings have been held since 2012 with community stakeholders to discuss how BNT will manage four marine parks on Abaco.
A town meeting coordinated by officers of The Bahamas National Trust was held at the Anglican Church Hall during the evening of August 21. The topic of the presentation was to expose the reasons why two areas of Abaco, Cross Harbour and the Marls, were being proposed as national parks as well as to get feedback from community stakeholders on how they would like these areas to be used.
A consortium of representatives met with North Abaco Member of Parliament, Renardo Curry on August 22 seeking his support on proposed parks at Cross Harbour and The Marls. The group consisting of d'Shan Maycock, Environmental Education & Outreach Consultant to the Bahamas National Trust (BNT), David Knowles, Director of Parks for the BNT, Olivia Patterson, Program Coordinator at Friends of the Environment and Buddy and Cindy Pinder representing Abaco Flyfishing Guides Association (AFFGA) presented support for the proposed parks.