This Act provides rules relative to the carrying out of excavations, quarrying of mines and landfill operations and the control of such activities affecting the soil and landscape. The Act also provides for the protection of trees in certain circumstances.The Minister is charged with the responsibility of regulating excavation, landfill operations, quarrying, mining and harvesting of protected trees in The Bahamas, for the purpose of providing for and ensuring the conservation and maintenance of the environment. Operations regulated by this Act require a permit to be granted by the Director of Physical Planning. Quarrying or mining operations require a licence to be granted by the Director. Conditions of permit include the restoration of surface and vegetation.The Minister may declare protected trees for purposes of this Act and such trees may not be harvested without a permit to be obtained from the Director.
Implemented by: Conservation and Protection of the Physical Landscape of The Bahamas Regulations, 1997 (Cap. 260). (1997-05-27)
Implemented by: Conservation and Protection of the Physical Landscape of the Bahamas (Declaration of Protected Trees) Order, 1997. (1997)
Amended by: Forestry Act, 2010 (No. 20 of 2010). (2010-07-01)
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Lucayan Indians inhabited the islands when Christopher COLUMBUS first set foot in the New World on San Salvador in 1492. British settlement of the islands began in 1647; the islands became a colony in 1783. Since attaining independence from the UK in 1973, The Bahamas has prospered through tourism, international banking, and investment management. Because of its location, the country is a major transshipment point for illegal drugs, particularly shipments to the US and Europe, and its territory is used for smuggling illegal migrants into the US.