Environment

The mission of this working group is to focus on discussions about the environment.

Haiti Fully Committed to the Principles of Resilience

worldbank.org - May 2, 2013

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

Haiti President Joseph Michel Martelly in a video address to the Climate Investment Funds emphasized that climate resilience is "about managing our natural environment in a responsible manner."

Haiti Aiming to Plant 1.2 Million Trees in a Single Day

The big dig is planned for May 1. It's part of an ambitious government effort to reforest the country after suffering from landslides and desertification.

news.yahoo.com - by Rashmee Roshan Lall | Christian Science Monitor – Mon, Apr 29, 2013

Haiti, one of the world’s most deforested countries, launches its first national tree-planting program next month. President Michel Martelly’s government calls the effort “a big signal” that the administration is determined to reverse environmental degradation and address one of the main causes of poverty on the Caribbean island.

Haiti - Ambitious Plan for Reforestation and Land Management


Haiti’s environment minister, Jean François Thomas, during the interview with IPS. Credit. Jean Reniteau/IPS

ipsnews.net - by Patricia Grogg

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Mar 20 2013 (IPS) - Droughts and floods, devastating hurricanes and soil erosion with a drastic impact on food security make Haiti extremely vulnerable to climate change and in need of enormous adaptation efforts.

La Selle Officially Declared Haiti’s First Biosphere Reserve


Above: Cascade Pichon in La Selle (UNESCO Photo: Dieufort Deslorges)

unesco.org - February 26, 2013

During a ceremony that took place in Port au Prince on 20 February 2013, and was honoured by the presence of the Minister of Environment, Mr. Jean Francois Thomas, and the Minister of Education, Mr. Vanneur Pierre, La Selle was officially declared Haiti’s first biosphere reserve.

Heavy rain, the situation


Image: Flooding in Haiti.

haitilibre.com - November 10th, 2012

Friday, as part of Tripartite Project Brazil-Cuba-Haiti, for the strengthening of public health system in Haiti, Brazil announced that 13 Haitian professionals specialized in the prevention and control of communicable diseases were selected and hired. An investment of one million U.S. dollars in the project, in financial and material resources to enable the implementation and deployment of epidemiological surveillance in the 10 departments during the next 12 months.

In Brazil, the project is headed by the Ministry of Health and partners such as the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation and the Federal Universities of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) and Santa Catarina (UFSC).

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Haiti National Park Conflict Takes Deadly Turn


Haitian president has promised to step up protection of the national park, but the residents there are resisting the efforts. (Photo: Amy Bracken)

submitted by Albert Gomez

theworld.org - by Amy Bracken - September 26, 2012

The sound of peeping frogs is all that penetrates the darkness on a recent night in Haiti’s Parc La Visite.

Video - IOM Restoring Haiti's Ravaged Forests

Heinz® Ketchup Inspires More Environmentally Responsible Living This Summer with PlantBottle™ Packaging Promotion

submitted by Alison Thompson

businesswire.com - July 17, 2012

A new Heinz(R) Ketchup campaign called "Join the Growing Movement" invites consumers to promise to be more environmentally responsible through a mobile application. For each pledge, Heinz will help plant a tree, up to 57,000 trees. (Photo: Business Wire)

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20120717006392/en/Heinz%C2%AE-Ketc...

One billion trees for Haiti!

HAITIAN MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT
Help Haiti. Save the planet!
Hello my Environmental Friend!

My name is Haiti, and my natural beauty will blow your mind once you get to know
me. Today, I need your help because my beauty and safety are in real danger…
In 1492, I had 80% of forest cover. In 1915, I had 50%. In 1945, 21% and today I
only have 350 millions trees left, representing 1.5% of the forest remaining on

Plastic-Eating Fungi Found in Amazon May Solve Landfill Problems

digitaljournal.com - by Anne Sewell - March 10, 2012

Just when you thought that plastic waste was never going to break down in the environment, along comes Mother Nature to solve the problem.

The Amazon contains more species of flora and fauna than virtually anywhere else on earth.

In a report by NZ Herald it was stated that a group of students from Yale University found a species which appears to be happy eating plastic in airless landfills.

TEDxTC Video - The Other Inconvenient Truth: How Agriculture is Changing the Face of Our Planet

submitted by Jerome J. Peloquin

Fuel Tanker Spills Its Cargo in Haiti – in Pictures


Photograph: Ramon Espinosa/AP

submitted by Stuart Leiderman

guardian.co.uk - April 4, 2012

Scores of people collected fuel mixed with water from a canal after an accident involving a truck carrying diesel fuel in the Cite Soleil neighbourhood of the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince. Petrol stations charge as much as $5 a gallon in a country where the bulk of the poplulation earns about $2 a day.

Clinton Sees ‘Goldmines’ in Methane Emission Curbs to Fight Climate Change

by Alexander Ragir and Joao Oliveira - bloomberg.com - June 1, 2011

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton urged cities and the World Bank to work on curbing methane emissions from landfills and charcoal, saying those steps first would buy time in the fight against global warming.

Just Undo It: Nike, NASA Partner on Waste Innovation Challenge

by Joel Makower - greenbiz.com - April 2, 2012

Nike is joining with NASA, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the U.S. Department of State to identify 10 “game changing” innovations that transform waste systems in both developed and developing countries.

The 10 winners don’t get cash or other prizes, but rather the chance to engage in a collaborative process with some of the world’s smartest and most connected people.

Rains Hit Haiti But Thousands Of Quake Victims Still Live In Tents

submitted by Stuart Leiderman

bernama.com.my - March 16, 2012

PORT AU PRINCE, March 16 (BERNAMA-NNN-PRENSA LATINA) -- The first rains of the rainy season have hit Haiti where about 500,000 victims of the quake of Jan 2010 are still living in fragile canvas tents.

Several neighborhoods were flooded and some houses were damaged, as a number of canals overflowed, according to a report of the Civil Protection Department.

A storm yesterday triggered concern among the refugees, who had to fill in the holes in their tents with blankets and cardboard.

In Pictures: Haiti's Tree Planting Scheme

Sixty percent of Haiti's land used to be covered by forest. Now, just 2% of its trees remain because of deforestation. It leaves Haiti vulnerable to landslides, especially during hurricane season.

(CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW FOR PHOTO SLIDESHOW)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-17298485

Understanding How Earthquakes Work

submitted by Samuel Bendett

Homeland Security News Wire - February 10, 2012

Geologists have a new tool to study how earthquakes change the landscape down to a few inches, and it is giving them insight into how earthquake faults behave

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