As part of our new strategic plan, FRIENDS has set a goal to ensure that all primary habitat types in Abaco are represented in protected areas to help conserve biodiversity on Abaco. To accomplish this, FRIENDS aims to work with many partners including The Bahamas National Trust, Bahamas Government, the Abaco Community and other non-profit groups.
**NEWS** – Four new protected areas designated for Abaco: East Abaco Creeks National Park, Abaco Marls National Park, South Abaco Blue Holes National Park, and Cross Harbour National Park. Read the official announcement.
Starting in 2012, FRIENDS will focus in two main areas:
(1) Protect three of the primary habitat types of Abaco: Blue Holes, Wetlands, and Flats. Friends of the Environment is currently working with local and national partners such as The Bahamas National Trust, Abaco Fly Fishing Guides Association and Bahamas Caves Research Foundation to protect three critical habitats in Abaco: East Abaco’s mangrove tidal creeks, central Abaco’s blue holes and the Cross Harbour wetlands. As of August 2015, these parks have been approved! All three of these parks are not “no take” as with previous proposals. Fishing and hunting will be allowed within the limits of the law. Management guidelines will be determined through a process of community consultation. This is an important next step in establishing these national parks. Please contact us if you are interested in participating in the management planning process
(2) Through community meetings and research identify opportunities for smaller protected areas or green spaces across Abaco.
How you can help:
– Read more about Abaco’s new national parks
– Take Abaco’s habitats into consideration when building your home or business. Visit our Sustainability or On Land page for some ideas.
– Contact FRIENDS if you know of an area you think should be protected.