Protected areas of Bahamas

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Protected area highlights for the Bahamas (January 31, 2008):

 

# of
Areas

Area
km2

 

Total Area of nationally recognized protected areas (% of the Bahamas's Territorial Area)

43

2,831

1.0%

- Terrestrial (% of the Bahamas's Terrestrial Territorial Area)

43

1,579

11.4%

- Marine and Littoral Protected Area

32

1,252

 

Note that some protected areas include both terrestrial area and marine area

 

 

 

Wetlands of International importance (Ramsar Sites)

1

326

 


Inagua National Park recognized as important under the the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention).

The World Database of Protected Areas reports 43 nationally recognized protected areas in the Bahamas:

Site NameIUCN
Designation
Marine or
Terrestrial
Total
Area
(Hectares)
Total
Marine
Area
(Hectares)
Abaco National ParkIIBoth20,500 
Adelaide Creek Wild Bird ReserveIVTerrestrial150 
Betty Cay Wild Bird Reserve Both1 
Big Darby Island Wild Bird Reserve Wild Bird Reserve Both202 
Big Galliot Cay Wild Bird Reserve Both8 
Big Green Cay Wild Bird ReserveIVTerrestrial210 
Black Sound Cay National ParkIVBoth1 
Bonefish Pond National Park Both728 
Bottle Cay Wild Bird ReserveIVTerrestrial4 
Cedar Cay Wild Bird ReserveIVTerrestrial2 
Central Andros National Park Both115,800 
Channel Cays and Flat Cay Wild Bird Reserve Both18 
Conception Island National ParkIIBoth809162
Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park
A rock within the park is designated as a Wild Bird Reserve
IIBoth45,58436,467
Finley Cay Wild Bird ReserveIVTerrestrial5 
Goat Cay Wild Bird Reserve Both12 
Goulding Cay WNR (Wild Bird Reserve)IVTerrestrial2 
Grassy Creek Cays and Rocks Wild Bird Reserve Both172 
Guana Cay Wild Bird Reserve Both2 
Harvey Cay Wild Bird ReserveIVTerrestrial2 
High Cay Wild Bird Reserve Both8 
Inagua National ParkIIBoth74,3337,433
Joulter Cays Wild Bird ReserveIVTerrestrial117 
Lake Cunningham Wild Bird ReserveIVBoth70 
Lightbourn Creek (Waterloo) Wild Bird ReserveIVBoth200 
Little Derby Island Wild Bird Reserve Both136 
Little Inagua National Park Both12,790 
Little San Salvador (Little Island) Wild Bird ReserveIVBoth182 
Lucayan National ParkIIBoth16 
Mammy Rhoda Cay Wild Bird Reserve Both1 
Moriah Harbour Cay Park Both5,439 
Paradise Island Wild Bird Reserve Both283 
Pelican Cays Land and Sea National ParkIIBoth850680
Peterson Cay National ParkIIBoth1 
Rand Nature Centre National ParkIITerrestrial40 
The Retreat National ParkIITerrestrial5 
Tilloo Cay National ParkIITerrestrial10 
Union Creek Managed Nature Reserve Both1,813 
Walker's Cay Marine Park Both2,500 
Washerwomans Cut Cays Wild Bird ReserveIVBoth79 
Water Cay Wild Bird Reserve Both3 
Wood Cay Wild Bird ReserveIVBoth6 

caption Map of Bahamas (Source: The CIA World Factbook)

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Further Reading:

  1. World Resources Institute (accessed May 26, 2009)
  2. World Database on Protected Areas (accessed May 26, 2009)

Glossary

Citation

(2009). Protected areas of Bahamas. Retrieved from http://www.eoearth.org/view/article/155380

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