We are cutting down trees along the coastline to make coal in a rural area in the
Bahamas the Out island of South Andros. But these trees are invasive species
like casuarinas and scevola. we are reintroducing native species particularly
coconuts. for sustainability of our revived coconut industry and the protection
and reclaiming of our coastline.
This community empowerment project is being funded by the GEF small grants
program and partners , are : SAHMA, IICA, Bahamas National Trust, Local Govt,
local indigenous NGO such as South Andros Chanber of Commerce, South
Andros Farmers Association and Nature’s Hope for Southern Andros, Bahamas
Agricultural and Industrial Corporation, Bahamas Ministry of Agriculture and the
South Andros High School.
Our youths are involved too and the community is being empowered.
To increase supply to meet growing demand for our coconut products ( coconut
oil, coconut water, coconut confectionary and coconut craft), the need exist for a
proper state of the art processing plant.
This concept can be duplicated throughout the region.