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Climate change and carbon market initiatives Act (No. 15 of 2022)

20/05/2022 Rights: Information Topics: Climate Change Pollutant Release Register Bahamas

The objectives of this Act are to enable the Government to create incentives and implement initiatives to support the overall global target of greenhouse gas emissions reduction consistent with its Nationally Determined Contributions; to ensure compliance of the Paris Agreement, and to enable...

Freedom of Information Act (No. 1 of 2017)

31/03/2017 Rights: Information Justice Bahamas

The Freedom of Information Act aims to reinforce and give further effect to certain fundamental principles underlying the system of constitutional democracy such as governmental accountability, transparency and public participation in national decision-making, by granting the public a general...

Planning and Subdivision Act (No. 4 of 2010)

16/03/2010 Rights: Information Participation Justice Topics: Environmental assessment Cities Bahamas

The objects and purposes of this Act are to provide for a land use planning based development control system led by policy, land use designations and zoning, promote sustainable development in a healthy natural environment, maintain and improve the quality of the physical and natural environment...

Disaster Preparedness and Response Act (No. 4 of 2006)

01/03/2006 Rights: Information Participation Justice Topics: Environmental education Bahamas

This act provides for a more effective organisation of the mitigation of, preparedness for, response to and recovery from emergencies and disasters in The Bahamas.

Conservation and Protection of the Physical Landscape Act (No. 12 of 1997)

26/05/1997 Rights: Information Topics: Mining Bahamas

This act make provision for the conservation and protection of the physical landscape of The Bahamas and, among others, applies to any excavation, landfill operation, quarrying or mining of physical natural resources (such as soil, rock, quarry, fill or sand), the harvesting of protected trees ...

Environmental Health Services Act (No. 4 of 1987)

27/05/1987 Rights: Information Justice Bahamas

The act intends to promote the conservation and maintenance of the environment in the interest of health, for proper sanitation in matters of food and drinks and generally, for the provision and control of services, activities and other matters connected therewith or incidental thereto. 

Constitution of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas

20/06/1973 Rights: Information Participation Justice Bahamas

The Constitution of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas ensures access to information and participation within the framework of the freedoms of expression, peaceful assembly and association. It also provides constitutional guarantees in case the aforementioned rights are infringed.