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Bahamas, The

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Country Context

The Bahamas is in the North Atlantic Ocean and comprises an archipelago of more than 700 islands, though no more than 30 are inhabited. The islands of the Bahamas have low relief and generally flat terrain, and contain significant wetlands and mangrove forests, with the majority of the population on or near the coast. In fact, 80% of the land lies less than 1-1.5m above sea level and, as such, is vulnerable to inundation caused by sea level rise and storm surges due to hurricanes. The Bahamas are home to five percent of the world’s coral as well as the world’s third longest barrier reef. The major economic contributor is the services industry, largely based in tourism, which accounts for 90% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). The reliance of the country’s economy on tourism, an industry supported and reliant on the natural environment, marine resources and coastal infrastructure, makes the country highly vulnerable to climate change and associated natural hazards.  

The Bahamas Environment, Science & Technology Commission, also known as the BEST Commission, manages the implementation of multilateral environmental agreements and reviews environmental impact assessments (EIA) and environmental management plans. The commission has developed a number of policies and regulations including a National Climate Change Policy. The Bahamas ratified the Paris Agreement on August 22, 2016 and the associated Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) can be found here. The NDC commits the Bahamas to reducing GHG emissions by 30% compared to its Business-as-Usual scenario by 2030 conditional upon international support.

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Climate Data

Historical Trends

The section provides access to historical climate datasets for both temperature and precipitation from 1900 to 2016.

Projected Trends

The section provides access to future climate datasets for both temperature and precipitation and their statistical derivatives for various timeframes and emission scenarios from 2020 to 2099.

The section provides access to future climate datasets for both temperature and precipitation and their statistical derivatives for various timeframes and emission scenarios from 2020 to 2099.

Climate by Sector

This section contains information from multiple climate indicators and indices relevant for key economic sectors. Simple narratives can help you interpret and extract summaries of potential climate change impacts at the sector level.

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Vulnerability

This section allows you to explore the susceptibility of livelihoods and natural systems to impacts from climate variability and change and facilitate the exploration of socioeconomic and development data and its relationships with natural hazards vulnerable areas. 

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Impacts

This section allows you to explore the climate information from multiple climate indicators and present them with simple, embedded interpretation for an informative, high-level summary of the potential for future climate change impacts on key socioeconomic sectors.  

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Adaptation

This section helps you grasp key national adaptation policies and reports, explore options for key sectors, and understand current adaptation gaps and needs for enhanced climate smart planning.

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