Key Achievements

  • Has expanded the marine protected areas over 6 times from 2 million acres to more than 13 million acres, further protecting the environment. Exceeded the target of 2.5 million hectares as protected areas with 3 million hectares reserved in 2015.
  • Reduced customs tariffs on biodegradable bags.
  • Launched the Integrated Coastal Zone Management programme under the Inter-American Bank, which provides a $650,000 technical cooperation grant to be used to strengthen capacity for the phased establishment of a climate risk-resilient integrated coastal zone management programme in The Bahamas.
  • Launched the 4 year GEF-Pine Island Project in February 2016. The GEF will provide $2.8 million while The Government of The Bahamas will provide $5.6 million in public and private contributions. The project aims to build on recent advancements in the forestry sector for enhanced land-use planning.
  • Developed policy on regulation and management of mining activity for both onshore and offshore mining.
  • Signed the Paris Agreement at the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Control, the first ever agreement to commit all countries to cut emissions of greenhouse gasses such as carbon dioxide. Committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by a minimum of 30% by 2030.
  • Installed e-nose monitoring system has been in the Lewis Yard in Grand-Bahama and another will be installed at the New Providence landfill to assist in the detection and monitoring of emissions.
  • Removed in excess of 5,000 vehicles with the derelict vehicle removal programme.
  • Completed the build out of Strachan’s Hill with the construction of 18 new homes. Construction started on 9 new homes in dignity crescent and 16 new homes in Fire Trail Extension. Sunset Close subdivision was completed and officially opened in June 2014.
  • The Anatol Rodgers High School will be completely taken off the electrical grid in 2017 by being outfitted with a 300 kW photovoltaic system. The project will serve as a blueprint for how other public buildings, especially the more than 150 public schools throughout The Bahamas, can be systematically removed from the electrical grid.
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