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Our Story

Save The Bays / Our Story

Save The Bays is a non-profit organization comprised of a diverse group of Bahamian and international individuals, as well as community partners that work together to preserve and protect our beautiful Bahaman lands, waters and ecosystems through the promotion of policy change, monitoring the waters, community outreach, legal action and advocacy.

It all started with a commitment to preserving and protecting Clifton Bay and other common marine environments surrounding New Providence Island. From a maritime cargo facility proposed in the early 1990s to sprawling residential development proposed in the late 1990s, this ecologically sensitive and culturally important area has faced a number of threats over the years.

Jaws Beach Shoreline

In the late 1990s, a group proposed building a 600-home, golf course development on the 200 undeveloped acres of Clifton Cay. The development would have disrupted delicate ecosystems and disturbed historic sites dating back more than a thousand years to the time that Lucayan Indian villages dotted the coastline on the western edge of New Providence Island.

Clifton Bay African tribute

A report to the Natural Resources Defense Council issued in 2000 found the development of this crucial piece of shoreline would be “detrimental to the two most important coastal resources in The Bahamas: sandy beaches and living coral reefs.” Faced with the potential loss of what the  New York Times quoted an archaeologist describing it “…as a veritable Rosetta Stone for understanding life on the island from ancient times through 18th Century plantation life,” a group of motivated Bahamians, environmentalists, preservationists and ultimately government officials came together to protect the area.

BEC Water RunoffThe result was the establishment of the Clifton Heritage Authority in 2004. The authority established the 200-acre Clifton Heritage National Park. The park stands as a testament to the importance Bahamians give to preserving the natural beauty of their land while maintaining a direct connection to their history.

Thanks to the collective efforts of the Bahamian government, local Bahamians, environmentalists and conservation organizations, public access to one of the last public beaches, Jaws Beach, in New Providence was preserved, as well as, the protection of wetlands, tropical hardwood forests and valuable living coral reefs in the bay.

Unfortunately, substantive new threats to Clifton Bay and other common marine environments have arisen since 2004. Join with Save The Bays to help combat such threats and protect our common marine environment!

Join us in our efforts to protect our common marine environment!