Bahamas, The

Forestry Act 2010 and Forestry Regulations 2014

Legislative
Law
Passed in 2010
The Forestry Act was enacted by the Bahamian Parliament in 2010 to provide the conservation and control of forests. It establishes a Forestry Unit under the authority of the Ministry of the Environment and Housing to regulate activities such as wood exploitation, to declare and manage forest reserves, and monitor protected trees. Reserves should be declared according to environmental conservation objectives, in particular to protect wildlife and prevent fires. The Act also regulates activities held on privately-held lands. Every five year, a Forest Management Plans must be developed.

In 2014, Forestry Regulations updated and precise the applicability of the original Act, notably in order to include carbon sequestration and reforestation within the possible objectives of Forest Management Plans. Private land-owners are equally encouraged to prepare such plans. Forest roads cannot be used as public highways unless a special governmental authorisation is priorly issued. The Regulations require that 20% of the land cover shall be designated into either a forest reserve, a protected forest or a conservation forest.

Documents
from the Grantham Research Institute
from the Grantham Research Institute
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