The BNT’s mission is to conserve and protect the natural resources of The Bahamas, through stewardship and education for present and future generations
The Bahamas National Trust was created by an Act of Parliament in 1959. This historic legislation authorised the BNT to hold, maintain and manage “lands, tenements and submarine areas of beauty or natural or historic interest…as open spaces, or wildlife sanctuaries, or places of public resort.”
In 2010, the legislation was updated to formalise the BNT as an official advisor to government and the private sector on development, conservation, and biodiversity issues and policies. The BNT is a non-governmental, non-profit, membership organisation. It is governed by an independent council that includes representatives from the public and private sectors, as well as from international scientific institutions.
The original legislation also established the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park as the country’s first national park. Six years later the government turned over to the BNT a large wetland area in central Inagua as the country’s second national park.
In 1970, the developers of the city of Freeport designated 40 acres on Grand Bahama as the Lucayan National Park. This land was leased to the BNT in 1982, and since then successive governments have placed more than a million acres of land and sea under BNT management.
Our vision is a comprehensive system of national parks and protected areas, with every Bahamian
embracing environmental stewardship.
• Passion for the environment and the conservation of our natural resources
• Education as a key to long-term conservation success
• Commitment to best practices in protected area management
• Respect for others as demonstrated through teamwork and partnerships
• Integrity, transparency, and accountability
• Quality, consistent and reliable service to our constituents