The Bahamas Protected Area Fund (BPAF) is a national conservation trust fund devoted to helping ensure that Bahamian marine parks will have a dedicated, sustainable source of revenue to employ staff, galvanize local community support, purchase equipment, build visitor facilities,
and monitor ecosystem health.
The largest small-island archipelago in the tropical Atlantic, the Bahamas’ total area is approximately 95% water.
The Bahamian economy and our livelihoods are built upon a healthy and resilient natural environment. Our commitment to the integrity of our environment has made us national leaders in the region particularly in marine conservation as seen in the establishment of the first protected area in 1892 followed in 1958 by the first of its kind, Exuma Cays Land & Sea Park, – a managed, no-take zone. We have been working since that time both with national and international stakeholders to build and expand The Bahamas National Protected Area System.
Marine Protection Plan
The Bahamas Protected project (A collaborative effort between The Nature Conservancy, Bahamas National Trust & Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation) submitted their Marine Protection Plan for expanding The Bahamas Marine Protected Areas Network to the Government of The Bahamas! BPAF is committed to the aims of the Project. These are:
1. Design new set of MPAs so that Bahamas has at least 20% of its marine habitat protected by 2020.
2. Increase the effective management of PAs within the MPA Network.
3. Increase sustainable funding dedicated to PA management.
4. Strengthen public awareness and support for MPAs.
For further information please contact the Fund at 362-4791 or 437-2168. You may also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Who We Are
Protected areas are the foundation for the conservation of biodiversity, which in turn supports life. Protected areas benefit nations through uncompromised ecosystems services, such as freshwater production by watershed environments.
What We Do
Protected areas are also essential in national development. Through the natural and cultural resources that are protected, the production of goods and the provision of services can continue– supporting the economy. Finally protected areas provide space for scientific research and other educational activities.
How You Can Help
We believe organizations such as yours, will understand and grasp the urgency of this work and therefore extend an opportunity for you to invest, along with us, not only in the preservation of this country and but also the continuance of your interests in the Bahamas.