NASSAU, BAHAMAS — A Bahamas Protected Areas Fund (BPAF) grant agreement was signed on Friday to aid the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) in efforts to restore marine and terrestrial protected areas on Abaco that were devastated during Hurricane Dorian.
The BNT extended gratitude to the BPAF for these much-needed funds and noted “this is a clear demonstration of the importance and value of BPAF, to provide financial resources to support the management of the Bahamas Protected Areas”.
The BNT manages six national parks throughout the Abacos, covering more than 30,000 acres of terrestrial and marine biodiversity, the majority of which are highly protected. In September 2019, Abaco and Grand Bahama were severely impacted by Hurricane Dorian. Both islands sustained unimaginable damage to park infrastructure, administrative zones, major equipment, and field and office supplies. The complete destruction of the BNT’s Marsh Harbour office also caused a major interruption to the organization’s operations on the island.
A statement by the BNT noted: “The BPAF grant will accelerate the rebound of Abaco’s ecosystems as the BNT focuses on the recovery and restoration of the island’s impacted parks and the operations required to sustain the Abaco National Parks System.