National Policy for the Adaptation to Climate Change

General information

The National Policy for the Adaptation to Climate Change aims to promote the development of public policies to fight climate change in Bahamas, which is constantly exposed to rising sea levels and natural disasters such as typhoons, among others.

Country Bahamas
Type Polìtica
Classification Emergencies and natural resources
Date 2005
Responsible institution

National Climate Change Commettee (NCCC)

Related institutions

National Climate Change Commettee (NCCC)

National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)

Caribbean Basin Hydrogeological Cycle Observing System (CARIB-HYCOS)

Caribbean Community Centre For Climate Change (CCCCC)

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

The Bahamas Environment, Science and Technology Commission (BEST)

Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA)

Bahamas National Geographic Information System (BNGIS)



  • Encourage the development of plans, processes and strategies for:
    1. Avoiding, minimizing, adapting or mitigating the negative impacts of climate change on the natural environment of the Bahamas, including ecosystems, ecological processes, biotic resources, land and water.
    2. Avoid, minimize, or generate response to the impacts of climate change on economic activities.
    3. Avoid or reduce damage to infrastructure and human settlements resulting from climate change.
    4. Encourage the efficient use of energy, reducing dependence on imported fossil fuels, and develop the use of renewable energy sources.
    5. Avoid or minimize negative impacts of climate change on human health.
    6. Improve knowledge and understanding, and guide a process of research and systematic observations on climate change.
  • Encourage the development of innovative instruments and appropriate regulation which will promote the effective implementation of political legislation and the required mechanisms to ensure compliance.
  • Encourage the development of institutional systems and appropriate management mechanisms to ensure effective planning to respond to climate change.
  • Encourage the development of appropriate economic incentives that encourage the public and private sector to implement adaptation measures.
  • Institutionalizing National Committee on Climate Change.


  • Agriculture, marine, forest and water resources.
  • Clean energy production and terrestrial biodiversity.
  • Tourism, transport, economy and insurance.
  • Health and human settlements.
Target population

The entire population of over 700 islands of the Bahamas.