The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. In The Bahamas, the Conservancy works closely with the government and other partners to:
- Support the creation of marine national parks;
- Conduct research to identify and protect key areas; and
- Work with local communities and businesses to promote marine conservation and best practices.
Among its many initiatives, the Nature Conservancy is expanding coral reef protection – an issue at the heart of the Coalition’s priorities management and strategy across the Caribbean. New Providence is of primary importance for scientific study as it represents the highest human population density in the country.
After successfully establishing coral nursery demonstration sites in Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Conservancy identified several locations off the coast of New Providence as ideal locations for reef restoration. The first coral nursery site in the country was established in 2011 and subsequent tree nurseries were established in Andros and New Providence in 2012. The Conservancy continues to actively seek additional sites for expanding the nursery network.