Conserving and protecting the natural resources of The Bahamas, through stewardship and education, for present and future generations.
Created by an Act of Parliament in 1959
This historic legislation authorised the Bahamas National Trust 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 the government and the private sector on development, conservation, and biodiversity issues and policies. We are a non-governmental, non-profit, membership organisation governed by an independent council including representatives from the public and private sectors, as well as from international scientific institutions.
Dawn of the National Parks
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 that became 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, which was then leased to the BNT in 1982. Since then, successive governments have placed more than a million acres of land and sea under our management.
Our vision is to create 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 the best practices in protected area management
• Respect for others as demonstrated through teamwork and partnerships
• Integrity, transparency, and accountability
• Quality, consistent, reliable service to our constituents