Policy Initiatives: International Issues: Bahamas: Clifton Park Committee

The Committee’s objectives are:

To create a protected area/Clifton Conservation Area at Clifton Cay on New Providence Island for the benefit of the Bahamas and their people.

To protect the archeological, historical and natural sites of the land and marine areas for existing and future generations.

To make the park secure and attractive to all people irrespective of age or interests.

The primary functions of the Committee are:

To create a detailed plan for the protected area in accordance with its objectives.

To solicit constructive public and government comments to improve the initial draft “Master Plan” for the conservation area.

To prepare a detailed business plan for the conservation area and its effect in terms of economics, employment, social and environmental impacts.

To put in place the necessary management and control structures for the conservation area.

To raise sufficient funding whereby the land and necessary rights can be acquired and gifted to the Bahamian people.

To assist the Bahamian government in the formulation of necessary restrictions to safeguard the archeological, historical and environmental assets of the area and to provide the security required.

The Committee’s members:

The individuals and groups that have been instrumental in heightening awareness about the proposed Clifton Cay Development and creating a proposal for the sustainable management of the Clifton area as a protected area include the following:

Sam Duncombe – One of the founders of the Bahamian non-governmental organization reEarth. Instrumental in launching and directing all of reEarth’s campaigns since 1990, including those against the “Clifton Cay” development from February of 1998.

Melissa Sweeting – Bahamian writer and social activist, particularly interested in noise pollution, littering laws and coastal rights.

Michael Stevenson – Law and Social Sciences lecturer at The College of the Bahamas. Organized a recent series of lectures at the College exploring the issues at Clifton Cay.

Vivian Whylly – A descendant of emancipated Whylly Plantation slaves and deeply involved in the history of the Bahamas. Member of the Bahamas Historical Society.

Sea Turtle Conservancy – STC is an international sea turtle research and conservation organization that is particularly interested in protecting nearshore reefs and seagrass beds around the Bahamas because they provide important sea turtle feeding and foraging habitat.