The Bahamas National Trust is led by Eric Carey, former member of the board of directors of the Cape Eleuthera Foundation. Eric has energized the Trust, and with the support of parliamentarians including the Hon. Earl Deveaux, sought to make changes to increase the ability of that organization to protect the land and the sea in th Bahamas. Minister Deveaux's speech in Bahamian parliament was recently published
, and The Island School got a shout out! We stand ready to assist BNT in its long tradition of research, conservation, and education.
"Through the work of the Bahamas National Trust more Bahamians become aware of the need to conserve our natural resources for themselves, and future generations. Equally significant is its work with partners both national and international. The list of conservation national partners available to BNT to assist in the execution of its mandate is ever growing and includes Friends of the Environment (Abaco); Andros Conservancy and Trust (ANCAT); the Bahamas Reef Environment and Educational Foundation (BREEF); San Salvador Living Jewels; The Island School, Perry Institute for Marine Science, Nature's Hope for Southern Andros; and others. Notable international organizations include the Pew Charitable Trust, Bird Life International and the Nature Conservancy (the only international Conservation Organization operating an office in the Bahamas).
There is much work to be done in conservation in The Bahamas.
Let us debate how we wish to develop our national consciousness about protected areas, funding them, managing them, identifying them and keeping them."