The primary purpose of the “Building a Park for the Next Generation” Project is to promote sustainable tourism by developing infrastructure in Moriah Harbour Cay National Park (MHCNP) and by engaging the youth of Great Exuma to envision the benefits of a national park in their community. As the Elizabeth Harbour Conservation Partnership is interested in 1) minimizing the impact of tourism on the biodiversity of the area, 2) education and awareness of visitor and local communities, 3) preserving the natural heritage of Exuma for future generations, and 4) a working collaborative relationship with the Bahamas National Trust, the organization is a project that specifically benefits youth, the tourism industry, and the Bahamas National Trust.
Key objectives of the project are to:
- Build an “outdoor classroom” cabana on the Eastern end of Stocking Island that is now included in the Moriah Harbour Cay National Park.
- Raise awareness with local and visiting communities about the importance of protecting biodiversity and the ecotourism opportunities associated with national parks.
- Inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs to support the Moriah Harbour Cay National Park.
This project is funded through the Bahamas GEF Small Grants Programme, with support from the Elizabeth Harbour Conservation Partnership, the Bahamas National Trust, the Exuma Foundation, and by donors who would like to take part in establishing Moriah Harbour Cay National Park here in Exuma.