Increasing Conservation Awareness for Zamia lucayana in the Bahamas Archipelago

Friday, July 29, 2011

• With the financial support of the Mohamed Bin Zayed Conservation Funds and the Montgomery Botanical Center (MBC) we have just completed the last component of our project for a conservation action plan for the Critically Endangered cycad Zamia lucayana, a species restricted to Long Island (The Bahamas Archipelago). During July 26th - 29th, project participants from The Bahamas National Trust, MBC and FIU - Fairchild joined forces to develop several activities to increase conservation awareness for Zamia lucayana in the country. They included delivering three talks at the Headquarters of The Bahamas National Trust (Nassau) and the Community Center of Long Island [by Michael Calonje (from MBC), Tracy Magellan (from MBC), and our Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega].

Our outreach activities including delivering posters and post-cards among relevant agencies involved in nature conservation and the local schools of Long Island. We presented framed copies of the outreach poster to the Long Island Museum and also to The Bahamas National Trust.

 Image on the right: Project participants present a poster on conservation awareness of Z. lucayana to the Director of the Long Island Museum (Patsy Cartwright), from left to right: Michael Calonje, Javier Francisco-Ortega, Patsy Cartwright, and Lindy Knowles (Bahamas National Trust). Image on the bottom left: The President of The Bahamas National Trust (Neil McKinney) (left) and the Minister of Environment of The Bahamas Government (The Honorable Earl Deveaux) (right) attending the seminars delivered at The Bahamas National Trust. Image on the bottom right: Outreach poster that was prepared for this project.