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February 18, 2014
Youngsters join in for World Wetlands Day

FEBRUARY marks the 43rd anniversary of World Wetlands Day (WWD), and to commemorate it, the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) hosted activities in Grand Bahama and New Providence.

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September 10, 2014
BNT staff pursuing further academic goals

Education never stops, and, as such, five Bahamas National Trust (BNT) staff members -- Alannah Vellacott, Shelley Cant, Lindy Knowles, Mark Daniels and Krista Sherman -- have left to pursue environmental studies degrees.
Well-known BNT staff member Shelley Cant, who worked in the education department and who also managed the website for the trust, is at the University of Exeter's Cornwall Campus in the United Kingdom, where she will be working towards a master's degree in environmental studies.
Cant was also the lead officer in the BNT's Rare Pride Campaign for wetlands and the Shark Campaign, which resulted in The Bahamas receiving status as a shark sanctuary, the first in the Caribbean.
Vellacott, who also worked tirelessly in the education department, returned to South Dakota State University to pursue a Bachelor of Science in environmental science.
Daniels, the Leon Levy National Park Preserve manager since it opened in 2011, is pursuing a master's degree in botany at Miami University in Ohio.
Knowles, who joined the BNT as a science officer in 2009, became a skilled diver and participated in a number of rapid ecological assessments for new national parks as well as leading several mangrove restoration projects. Knowles is pursuing a master's degree in environmental science at the University of the West Indies in Barbados.
Sherman, who came to the BNT as a project manager of a Global Environment Facility (GEF) Marine Protected Areas project, successfully coordinated and completed monitoring protocols for the Exuma land and sea park and a sustainable tourism model for the Exuma cays. Sherman is pursuing a doctorate degree at Exeter University focusing on the Nassau grouper spawning aggregation and population abundance. The trust hopes Sherman's studies will be a helpful key to advancing conservation efforts to establish best management practices for the grouper and sustaining the species.
"We will miss both Shelley and Alannah," said Portia Sweeting, BNT's director of education. "They have contributed in major ways to the BNT's strong environmental education programs, and we know that they will do well in the pursuit of their educational goals."
BNT Deputy Executive Director Lynn Gape said the young environmental officers displayed amazing dedication to the goals and mission of the BNT. She said it had been a joy to watch them develop their skills and interests over the years.
"It is amazing to watch these aspiring young Bahamian scientists progress through initial curious interest, then engaging with local and international scientists and now finally aspiring to further their environmental careers to help address some of the important environmental challenges that face our country," said Vanessa Haley-Benjamin, BNT's director of science and policy.
"We encourage our staff to improve themselves and to pursue higher educational degrees," said Eric Carey, BNT executive director. "This is all part of nation building, whether they return to work for the BNT or pursue other opportunities in the environment arena, they will continue to be friends and supporters of the trust. We wish them all the best and our only regret is that we have not been able to provide more financial support for their educational goals," he said.

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October 29, 2010
CREEK RESTORATION

F
RIENDS of the Environment has partnered with Dr Craig Layman and his research team from Florida International University to restore a vital tidal creek and wetland area in Abaco.

Broad Creek, located just south of Marsh Harbour near Camp Abaco has been blocked for more than 30 years after a road was constructed to build the camp.

The restoration project entailed removing a small area of the road, installing culverts to allow water flow under the traffic, and then reforming the road. The team then had to selectively remove mangroves that had encroached into the channel after road construction had taken place.

Kristin Williams, executive director Friends of the Environment, said: "Tidal cr ...

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April 30, 2012
Baha Mar golf course to include pre-Columbus cave

A cave containing artifacts stretching back hundreds of years will be incorporated into Baha Mar's new 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course.
The historic site, discovered years ago when the $2.6 billion development performed a survey of the land, rests near Lake Cunningham on the resort property. After some extensive investigations, the items in the cave have been catalogued and date back to the pre-Columbus era.
According to Laura Pinder, the environmental monitor for Baha Mar, the site will be made a "point of interest" on the golf course.
"It will be part of the golf course experience," she explained. "We'll develop interpretative materials and signage. As you walk the trail of the golf course, you'll see the signs. They'll be a buffer between the cave and the course. But it will explain the history of the cave, and what is interesting about it and how it relates to the culture of The Bahamas."
The attraction is sure to make the Jack Nicklaus course one of the more unusual golf experiences in the world.
The cave is reportedly home to fragments of tools, pottery and bone.
"We'll preserve it and ensure it's not ruined," she said. "And it becomes a feature of the golf course."
Pinder insisted, however, that guests will not be permitted inside the cave. She noted it is currently home to a colony of fruit bats, further reinforcing the importance of working around the historically significant site.
The environmental officer for Baha Mar told Guardian Business a more in-depth survey was done recently, and a team was enlisted to make note of the treasures that lie within.
Maintaining the environment has been a particular concern for the Cable Beach project since the beginning, according to executives.
Back in September of last year, Gary Larson, the director of environmental affairs, announced that Baha Mar would contribute $2 million to the creation of a wildlife reserve.
The resort back outs onto hundreds of acres of untouched wilderness and wetlands.
"When I came on board here, I was very pleased to see the company's attitude towards the environment," Larson said, who served as executive director of the Bahamas National Trust for 20 years. "It's refreshing to see them not just saying so, but doing so. Often you have to beat people over the head with environment issues. But the philosophy comes from the head."
Robert Sands, the senior vice president of administrative and external affairs, told Guardian Business that the golf course actually had to be redrawn to incorporate the reserve.
Of the 1,000 acres included under the Baha Mar banner, approximately half will be considered part of this protective ecosystem.
The vision is to create opportunities for bird watching, walking jogging and enjoying the indigenous species.
Baha Mar has considered incorporating eco-tourism into its menu of offerings once the resort is up and running at the end of 2014.

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March 29, 2011
Contracts signed for Big Pond Park

The Ministry of Works yesterday signed contracts to develop the Big Pond Park, the last remaining plot of wetlands in central New Providence, which will first require a contaminated land investigation as it was once a landfill.
Shenique Albury, an environmentalist at the ministry, said the area chosen for the initial phase one development was used as a landfill site up until the end of the 1970s and was never rehabilitated. Therefore, for the safety of the individuals who will use the park in the future, an assessment for possible contaminants has to be done.
The initial phase of the park’s development is expected to include trails, boardwalks, a children’s play area and a pi ...

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March 10, 2011
Grand Turk Salinas Granted Protected Area Status as Areas of Historic Interest

Since the inception of the National Parks Ordinance of 1975 (and its subsequent amendments in 1992), the salinas of Grand Turk have been overlooked as
part of the Protected Area System despite their size comprising the
largest total area of salt ponds in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI)
covering approximately 200 hectares (494 acres), along with the
historical role they played when salt production was at its peak.

For
many years, efforts have been ongoing to conserve and protect these
salinas which are also ecologically important as wetlands serving many
functions including but not limited to flood control, providing vital
habitats for many organisms and also a source of recreation and income...

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Prime Ministers Statement in Copenhagen
December 14, 2009
Prime Ministers Statement in Copenhagen

In short order I will leave for the United Nationís 15th Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, along with the Minister for the Environment, Earl Deveaux, and other Bahamian officials.

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January 08, 2014
New fine dining restaurant hires 60

With nearly 60 employees, Sapodilla Estate, a fine dining restaurant located in western New Providence, recently opened up to rave reviews.
Since opening its doors officially on December 27, the restaurant's General Manager Giorgio Bombino said it has received a number of positive comments via social media from customers.
"At Sapodilla Estate, we seek to give our customers an experience that's never been had in The Bahamas before. From the entrance to the moment that you sit at the table, we have truly created a unique experience," he said.
Set back off West Bay Street, just east of Caves Heights, the restaurant offers a menu that includes Italian dishes with a touch of French and Bahamian flavor, and offers a variety of wines.
Sapodilla Estate also features indoor and outdoor elements, including individual cabanas located in the garden area in which diners can choose to eat with just two to a private table. The setting is designed to allow customers to appreciate the natural surroundings.
The property features wetlands, including sights of wildlife. In addition to the dining, Sapodilla Estate plans to host weddings and other events.
"Our goal is to put Sapodilla on the map because we are going to give you the best service. We have a bridal cottage and we host weddings. And in the restaurant, many of the items that we cook are in fact finished on the table," according to Bombino.
Back in July, the restaurant's owner, Elaine Pinder, founder of Bamboo Shack, told Guardian Business that it is the culmination of a four-year project.
At the time, over 1,000 applications were reportedly submitted for positions at the restaurant after an advertisement was placed in local newspapers.
The upscale restaurant, formerly residential property, had undergone major renovations to ensure that the transformation was able to take place. Pinder called it a "labor of love".
"It's based in my old home which I moved out of. I put a whole roof and a whole new structure over everything, I extended the perimeter and enclosed that," she revealed.
"I said to myself, 'Let me make my contribution to tourism'. The building is sort of hidden away from the street, so I think when it opens people are going to be quite surprised."
Bombino said that between security staff and restaurant employees, the establishment now has around 60 employees.
Sapodilla Estate is opened Tuesday to Saturday from 6:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

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TCI Marks World Wetlands Day 2011
February 02, 2011
TCI Marks World Wetlands Day 2011

Turks & Caicos - On February 2nd of each year the world celebrates its wetlands. This day marks the signing of the Convention on Wetlands that took place in the Iranian City of Ramsar in 1971.

However, Wetlands Day was not celebrated until 1997. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness and appreciation of the significance of the wetlands and of their contributions to the world ecosystem.

The international theme for World Wetlands Day 2011 is "wetlands and forests - forests for water and wetlands" in celebration of the United Nations International

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