Haiti's Trees and Forests

The mission of this working group is to re-establish resilient and sustainable forests in Haiti's island ecosystem in which Haiti's substantially degraded watersheds are re-established in healthy and sustainable states.

Haiti passes order to protect mangroves


Image: A mangrove forest

defend.ht - July 11th, 2013

At the last Council of Ministers meeting on Wednesday, a resolution was adopted to protect Haiti's mangroves.

A press note from the National Palace said that construction in the area of mangroves and the cutting and selling of trees from these areas is prohibited. Fishing and hunting is also prohibited.

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Reforesting Haiti, A National Crisis


youtube.com - Raymond Joseph

Former Haitian Ambassador to the United States Raymond A. Joseph talks about the impact of the Haitian Revolution on the United States and why it is the cause of much of Haiti's modern day problems.

He also spoke of the national crisis of deforestation and the importance of his new organization replanthaiti.org.

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.

REDD and Smits Model Reforestation

Image: In 2002, Willie Smits began restoring this tropical rainforest, degraded by timber piracy and agricultural burning, to its natural state. Six years later, the European Space Agency documented increased cloud cover, increased rainfall, and moderated temperatures over this restored ecosystem. In 2010, insects and birds not seen in 20 years began returning to this forest.

submitted by Jean Woolridge

thesolutionsjournal.com - January, 2011 - Eric Rasmussen

Climate alterations are already making several areas of the globe increasingly inhospitable to continued human occupation, and environmental refugees are becoming a measurable fraction of the world’s displaced populations. Despite the clarity of the data, mitigation strategies around climate change have been difficult to implement. At the same time, climate research over the last decade has revealed unexpected and potentially rewarding opportunities to improve the circumstances of some of the world’s most vulnerable people.

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Haiti and the U.S. forest products industry: A small town effort strives to make a very big impact


Image: Demonstration of housing construction.

forestbusinessnetwork.com - October 16th, 2012 - Tom Waddell

What so many of us consider to be basic human rights are no more than a dream to the Haitian men, women and children who have lived in a sea of temporary shelters for over 2.5 years now. These tent cities are rife with squalor, rape and other physical assault, and a near lack of privacy. Large families live year-round in tents only meant to temporarily shelter three or four people.

Enter Gary Funk, a retired University of Montana music professor, and his passionate dream to make a difference.

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Haiti 's Billion Tree Initiative

Albert Gomez and Alison Thompson have been working on Haiti's Billion Tree Initiative, in which 5% of Haiti's forests will be replenished in the upcoming years.

Posted by admin on Wed, 10/17/2012 - 14:24
Haiti 's Maya Nut Tree Initiative

In October 2012, Albert Gomez is bring in 50,000 Maya Nut Tree seeds into Haiti to be placed in a nursery.

Posted by admin on Wed, 10/17/2012 - 14:27
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