According to a report published by the World Bank, The Bahamas is among the top three most vulnerable Caribbean countries when it comes to climate change. Minister of Tourism and Aviation, Senator Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace delivered the keynote speech at the Caribsave Country Partners Symposium in Nassau on September 21-22, 2009, saying that initiatives such as Caribsave are vital to mitigate possible environmental impacts such as sea level rise, salt water intrusions, coral bleaching, beach and shore erosion, and the many other effects of climate change.
Caribsave is a partnership between the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) and the University of Oxford, which addresses the impacts and challenges surrounding climate change, tourism, the environment, economic development and the community livelihoods across the Caribbean.
The Caribsave Partnership focuses on sectoral, destinational, and national vulnerability and adaptive capacity assessments and strategy development. In addition, the initiative focuses on socio-economic and environmental policies and implementation, the impacts of climate change on key sectors and their integral relationship to tourism in the Caribbean, the development of carbon offset projects and carbon neutral destination status and capacity building and skills transfer across the Caribbean. In the case of The Bahamas, the island of Eleuthera will be used for the case study.
Photo of Glass Window Bridge in Eleuthera from http://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/bahamas.htm