Breathing tourism, The Bahamas makes environmental protection a way of life

The promotion of policies aimed at preservation and sustainability unites the government, businessmen, organizations and the academic world of the archipelago

(Source: Ministerio de Turismo, Inversiones y Aviación de Las Bahamas (BMOTIA))

The Bahamas, one of the most beautiful destinations in the world, has environmental preservation and sustainable development policies as the basis of a model that should serve as an example to the rest of the world. This paradisiacal Caribbean archipelago is made up of more than 700 islands, islets and 16 destination islands, with crystal-clear waters visible from space and a way of life that breathes commitment to the conservation of local biodiversity. 

Hundreds of people and organizations from the public, private and non-profit sectors participate in its work, working independently or in a network with the utmost zeal for waters and fauna. A feeling that transforms the experience of tourists beyond leisure, by providing greater contact with nature and greater environmental awareness with practices that even involve volunteer work on a farm to produce a type of medicinal herb. 

Inspired by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), The Bahamas has adopted overarching themes to promote continued prosperity and protect the planet. These policies not only aim to protect marine life and combat climate change, but also to encourage responsible consumption and production, boost economic growth and decent work, and prioritize quality education and the preservation of life on earth. 

The commitment to marine biodiversity and the sustainable use of the oceans involves the creation of a financial fund for protected areas, an agro-marine research institute that promotes the development of local studies with students and scientists from around the world, and a center for environmental education, among others. To achieve sustainable consumption patterns, the archipelago has banned the use of non-recyclable plastic materials, is preparing a solar farm to generate energy, trains communities in sustainable economic development and recycles aluminum cans to finance education and policies for young people. 

Active in the fight against climate change, The Bahamas has tour guides trained in ecotourism who try to create memorable experiences while presenting the need to raise environmental awareness. Adults can opt for a stay of up to 15 days to volunteer and live the experience on a neem ( Indian neem) farm. The product comes from a tree of Asian origin and is widely used as a medicinal component for skin diseases, hair treatment, blood and liver detoxification, among other functions.

The Bahamas has a Department of Environmental Planning and Protection dedicated to preventing and controlling polluting activities, as well as regulating public and private activities. In addition, they have universities and organizations specialized in the study and protection of different aspects of the ecosystem, from sea caves, bodies of water and wild animals to migratory birds in danger of extinction, not to mention the conservation of history and culture. of the local population. So there is no doubt that visiting The Bahamas is more than leisure and fun, it is a vital experience and a true commitment to the conservation of the planet!

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