Bahamas

  • Income group: high income
  • National biodiversity index: 0.443
  • CO2 emissions (kilotons): 2,417
  • Population: 351,461
  • NDC submitted by nation
  • Detailed adaptation plan
  • Medium-high climate risk
Vision Statement

Cognizant of the potential further impacts of climate change, The Bahamas has expanded its adaptation focus. Near shore marine environments play an integral role in the protection of the critical infrastructure across the archipelago.

    Stated Vulnerabilites

  • Agriculture / livestock
  • Water
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Biodiversity / ecosystems
  • Fisheries
  • Transport / infrastructure
  • Energy
  • Tourism
  • Settlements in general
  • Adaptation Outcomes
    • Increase resilience / reduce risk
    • Food security
    • Protect biodiversity / ecosystems
    • Human well-being / health
    • Economy
  • Broad type of indirect action
    • Investment in climate change research / monitoring
    • Disaster risk reduction
    • Health research / action
    • Risk transfer initiatives
  • Broad type of hybrid action
    • Coastal / marine
    • Resilient water infrastructure \n / water management
    • Resilient transport \n infrastucture
    • Resilient tourism
    • Resilient settlements
    • Resilient urban settlements
 

Current Nature-based Action in Adaptation Plan

In 2008, as a part of the Caribbean Challenge Initiative, we committed to the protection of 20% of our near shore marine environment by 2020, and have this year achieved half of our goal. These protected areas will conserve and protect habitat for Grouper and Bonefish spawning aggregations, coral reefs, sea grass meadows, mangrove nurseries and important bird areas.

Planned Nature-based Action in Adaptation Plan

Adopt short-, medium-, and long-term measures to protect coastlines and increase the resilience of coastal ecosystems, enforcement of setbacks, and restoration of coastal wetlands.

Planned Nature-based Action in Adaptation Plan

Costs for Forest Estate Management Plan, four (4) Pine Islands (Abaco, Grand Bahama, Andros, New Providence) alone amounts to between $75M-100M for monitoring, imagery and sustainable forestry management practices.