|Protected Areas in the Bahamas
The Bahamas National Trust was created by an Act of Parliament in 1959. It is the only statutory organization in The Bahamas charged with conservation and preservation of places of historic interest and natural beauty.
The Bahamas National Park System
The Bahamas National Park System is at the heart of the Trust's mandate. Within our parks are many unique features, critical habitats, and endangered species. Bahamian Parks are treasure-troves of biodiversity as well as areas of pure aesthetic beauty. The system protects the world’s largest breeding colony of West Indian flamingos, one of the world's longest underwater cave systems, a critically important sea turtle research facility and one of the most successful marine fishery reserves in the Wider Caribbean.
The global conservation community recognizes the establishment and management of national parks and protected areas as the "pinnacle" of a country's efforts to protect its biodiversity. In 2002 the National Park System of The Bahamas was doubled in size, an unprecedented accomplishment in protected area history. Ten new National Parks were created, protecting both marine and terrestrial territories, bringing the total acreage of the national system to more than 1 million.
Source: The Bahamas National Trust