The Bahamas is a string of nearly 700 emerald islands in azure waters stretching 100,000 square miles from the Florida Keys to Hispaniola, home to the Republic of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The Bahamian islands are rich in marine life and replete with pine forests and a wealth of species found here and nowhere else on Earth. Each year millions of visitors flock to these islands’ breathtaking natural beauty, and tourism accounts for 60 percent of the country’s GDP.
The Nature Conservancy has been working in The Bahamas for more than 10 years with the government and a variety of partners to protect its natural resources for its people to use today and into the future. The Bahamas is now embarking on an ambitious project to build political support and garner long term financing for protected areas across the Caribbean – The Caribbean Challenge.