Our Strategic Plan
The Council of The Bahamas National Trust articulates a five-year Strategic Plan for the organization. The plan defines the mission, five-year focus and broad stroked thematic objectives. For the benefit of staff, standing committees, donors and volunteers the Strategic Plan lays out organizational priorities for the five-year period. Each year annual work plans are developed based on the Strategic Plan.
The Bahamas National Trust will continue to develop an integrated National Park and Protected Area System and foster initiatives to achieve conservation and sustainable use of the natural and historical resources of The Bahamas.
The BNT has now completed its 2008-2013 Strategic Plan and is now implementing the 2013-2017 Strategic Plan. These plans recognize that programmatic goals are dependent on institutional soundness. Developing and successfully implementing strategies to build financial resources and our membership base, for example, are as equally important as work in national parks or the classroom.
And further, communicating our plans and our accomplishments, through public outreach as well as direct participatory opportunities, enhances understanding and builds support – not only for the programs themselves, but also for the Bahamas National Trust. Communication is important to our work today but essential for our plans for tomorrow.
Please download a copy of the current Strategic Plan in PDF format.
The Bahamas National Trust is a unique legislated non-government organization. Charged with developing and managing the Bahamas National Park System, the Trust is the only non-governmental organization in the world with such a mandate.
Since the early 1980s the Trust has played a leadership role in the protection of the Bahama Parrot and was the first to successfully breed this endangered species in captivity.
Education programs for Bahamian youth were instituted more than 30 years ago. To date, thousands of Bahamian school children have experienced nature through organized visits to national parks and award winning educational presentations. The Trust also houses one of the most extensive collections of environmental texts in the Caribbean in its library at the Retreat Gardens National Park.
In the 1980s, the Trust’s Historic Preservation Committee compiled a comprehensive database of historical buildings and sites in New Providence and the Family Islands. This document has become the Bahamas National Historical Register. The Committee also captured this critical historical information in a unique video series entitled, “A Proud and Singular Heritage.”
In 1958, the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park was created, becoming the world’s first land and sea park established under a single authority. In 1986, the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park was declared a no-take zone, making the Park one of the first marine fisheries replenishment sites in the Wider Caribbean. The success of the Exuma Park is scientifically documented and is being emulated nationally and internationally.
In close cooperation with the National Audubon Society, the Trust brought the West Indian Flamingo back from near extinction, to a thriving colony of approximately 50,000, which is now re-populating other Caribbean Islands.
In 1992, the BNT implemented a RARE Conservation Campaign to convince the government of The Bahamas to set aside the northern breeding area for the Bahama Parrot ( Amazona Leucocephala Bahamensis ). In 1994 the Government of The Bahamas created the Abaco National Park , protecting the 20, 500 acres of pine forest and the northern breeding area of the Bahama Parrot on Abaco. The population of the Parrot in 1994 was estimated at less than 2,000 birds. The BNT working Parrot Biologist Dr. Caroline Stahala implemented a Predator Control Programme for the park targeting feral cats and a census every 10 years. The most recent census conducted in 2016 indicates the Bahama Parrot Population in the park is estimated at 8,000 birds.
In 1990 the Trust initiated a Wetlands Restoration Project in the historic community of Adelaide, New Providence. This project spawned the National Creeks and Wetlands Restoration Program which now falls under the portfolio of The Bahamas Environment, Science and Technology (BEST) Commission. The Bahamas National Trust played an influential role in the establishment of the BEST Commission which is a government agency that serves as the official point of contact for all international organizations on matters relating to the environment, science, and technology.
For 40 years the Trust has led the White-Crowned Pigeon management program. The Bahamian population of this prized and economically important national game bird is by far the most viable in the Caribbean.