Core Issues

The Bahamian government should be commended for its foresight and commitment to preservation with the establishment of Clifton Heritage National Park. It now has a responsibility to help end and mitigate the harmful practices that currently threaten Clifton Bay and other common marine environments throughout The Bahamas.

Halt Unregulated Development

The common thread through most issues of environmental damage in The Bahamas is the issue of unregulated development.  While Save The Bays is no way anti-development, we are confident that this could be done without destroying vital ecosystems by making sure that everyone follows the law.

 

A good example of such unregulated development is the expansion of land on Nygard Cay (page).

 

 

Protecting the Bahamaland 

Land should be protected now so that undeveloped land with access to beaches are available for future generations.  The creation of marine and land parks are necessary, and requires public support in seeing that proposals to Government become reality.

 

Passing of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Free access to information provides anyone with statutory right to information owned or held by all government or quasi-governmental agencies.  This right demands transparency of national importance and empowers citizens to participate in their own governance.

 

Passing of an Environmental Protection Act (EPA)

An EPA would consolidate all laws that pertain to the environment and allow all interested parties to be properly consulted in matters that could impact the environment.  As it stands there is a lack of proper oversight and regulation of Bahamian land and marine resources.

 

 

Stop Oil Pollution

Oil spills, waste oil dumping and leaching have been a regular occurrence during the past 30 years.  This pollution threatens the surrounding reefs, creates ground contamination issues and puts pressure on the marine and terrestrial environment of The Bahamas.

 

Promote Sustainable Fishing

Save The Bays will support the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) and other NGOs in its development of their campaigns and programs to protect the Bahamian ecosystems.