Helping safeguard protected areas in the Bahamas
As a popular destination for tourists and vacation-home owners, the beautiful islands of The Bahamas are frequently threatened by unsustainable development that can undermine the integrity of ecosystems that migratory birds depend on. Invasive species and unregulated activities exacerbate these threats. While The Bahamas has been working to ensure the protection of many sensitive migratory bird sites, there is an urgent need to secure resources for their management so that they can provide ecological functions and act as sanctuaries for these special avian visitors.
Photo: Joulters Shorebirds Bahamas © Walker Golder
The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) manages the country’s national park system, which includes more than 2.2 million acres of land and sea. The ultimate goal is to safeguard functioning habitats, and thereby migratory birds and biodiversity, through the removal and management of the threats to the sites including climate-related threats.
Photo: Lesser Yellowlegs, Bahamas © Melissa Groo
Photo: Piping Plover tracks, Bahamas © Walker Golder