BREEF was founded in 1993 by the late Sir Nicholas Nuttall (and incorporated in 1994) to address growing concerns on the state of The Bahamas’ marine environment. Almost single handedly, Sir Nicholas turned the organization into a leader in educating Bahamians about our marine resources.
In collaboration with local and international partners, BREEF’s initial efforts focused on research supporting the proposal for the establishment of a network of marine reserves in The Bahamas as a key measure for ensuring healthy coral reefs and other marine resources for generations to come. Coupled with this was the push for a closed season on the iconic Nassau Grouper during its breeding period, as available evidence showed the collapse of populations throughout the region due to overfishing.
It also became clear that there was a need to educate the Bahamian public, policy-makers and other key stakeholders about ways we impact our oceans ‘for better or worse’. In reaching out to the Ministry of Education, the idea was conceived to host an annual summer training workshop for teachers that would equip them with knowledge, skills and resources to transmit these important stewardship messages to successive generations of Bahamians.
As the organization took a more active role as researchers, public educators and advocates for political change, it transitioned from being a voluntary entity to a more formalized non-government organization. In 2002, BREEF hired its first Executive Director, Casuarina McKinney, and established its first Board of Directors. During the ensuing decade, BREEF added to its cast of staff members and volunteers, diversified its education & mentoring programmes, expanded its research efforts and continued to advocate for political change.
In 2014, in collaboration with the undersea sculptor, Jason de Caries Taylor, BREEF created the Sir Nicholas Nuttall Undersea Sculpture Garden which features Ocean Atlas - the largest undersea sculptures ever created, along with works by Bahamian sculptors, Willicey Tynes and Andret John. It also features an intriguing snorkel path created by the Reef Ball Foundation.
The odyssey continues . . .
KATHMANDU VALLEY PRESERVATION TRUST
The KVPT works to preserve ancient buildings and works of art. This is particularly urgent as a result of the devastating earthquake that hit the country in 2015.
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