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Removal of the invasive alien species of Australian Pine Trees

About the Implementing organization

Name: South Andros Handicraft & Manufacturing Association

Country: Bahamas

Year of establishment: 2014

Type of organization: Community-based association or organization / Legally recognized non-profit status


The women of SAHMA removed a large number of the invasive alien species of Australian pine trees from the area of the coconut grove and the coastline. The group intended to use the wood from the trees for native craft products. Over more than two decades the Australian Pine thrive along the coastline where they would destroy the coast when toppled during hurricanes and high level winds. A concerted effort to remove these trees in the community has never been undertaken by the women and therefore this created a new community initiative which can be replicated in other coastal areas on the island and throughout the country.

Nature Element

Forests / Coasts

Type of Action

Restoration / Invasive species

Sustainable Development Element

Jobs and livelihoods

Related Sustainable Development Goal(s)


Environmental Impacts

The removal of the invasive alien species (IAS) improved the Biodiversity of the local environment of the community, slowing the coastal erosion which is accelerated by the presence of such trees along the coastline. All spots where the IAS were removed would be replaced by the native coconut trees which historically lined the coastline.

Sustainable Development Impacts

The wood from the removal of the IAS will be utilized by local artisans to create craft products of added value which can be sold and contribute to the sustainable livelihood of the members of the community. Further, coastline strengthening assist with climate change resilience improving the ability of the coastal community to mitigate and adapt to climate change and the risks associated with it. A more resilient coastline will reduce negative impacts during annual storm events.


Invasive alien species of Australian pine trees have invaded the coasts of many of the communities on the islands of The Bahamas. The approach taken by the women of SAHMA can easily be replicated by other small communities all of whom are impacted by the annual storms experience during the Atlantic Hurricane Season. A national programme to remove the coastal invasive alien species can be undertaken hence improving the country resilience to climate change and coastal flooding that is a direct result.


The island chain has been severely impacted by coastal invasive alien species of Australian Pine which can be removed systematically to improve the coastal environment on the islands. Such projects at the national level can be implemented by community groups of both women and men.

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