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Sustainable Development Master Plan for Andros Island, The Bahamas

As part of an integrated sustainable development planning process, participatory mapping, scenario planning and modelling were used to explore alternative development options for Andros Island in The Bahamas.

The Office of the Prime Minister, with support of the Inter-American Development Bank, initiated a sustainable development process by a transdisciplinary team of local academics, local consultants and the Natural Capital Project (Stanford U., TNC). The multi-year iterative process included an extensive stakeholder engagement process, participatory mapping, scenario development, ecosystem-service modelling and cumulative risk assessment. With broad stakeholder support, one of the scenarios - the Sustainable Prosperity scenario - became the foundation of the Sustainable Development Master Plan for Andros Island

The scenario deemed most relevant option of development for Andros was translated into an actionalble plan- the Andros Master Plan. The plan's impact extends further than its own coastal waters, as learning from the Andros process, the Office of the Prime Minister has discussed replicating the approach on other family islands, with an emphasis on stakeholder engagement and incorporating natural capital. They also know that, as Androsians call for better jobs, updated hospitals and schools, and food security, the Andros Master Plan is just the beginning of comprehensive national planning and finer-tuned town planning.

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Project facts

The Bahamas

Andros Island


Submitted by:

Katherine Wyatt

Project member

October 31, 2019

How to cite this page:

Katherine Wyatt

Sustainable Development Master Plan for Andros Island, The Bahamas



Government of The Bahamas and Inter-American Development Bank. 2017. Sustainable Development Master Plan for Andros Island 440p.

Arkema KK, Rogers LA, Toft J, Mesher A, Wyatt KH, Albury-Smith S, Moultrie S, Ruckelshaus MH, Samhouri J. 2019. Integrating fisheries management into sustainable development planning. Ecology and Society 24(2):1

Wyatt, K. H., K. K. Arkema, S. Wells-Moultrie, J. M. Silver, B. Lashley, A. Thomas, J. J. Kuiper, A. D. Guerry, and M. Ruckelshaus. 2021. Integrated and innovative scenario approaches for sustainable development planning in The Bahamas. Ecology and Society 26(4):23.

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K. Wyatt



Andros Master Plan Project


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