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.

The area includes a large number of different ecosystems and protected areas such as La Visite, one of the country's most important biodiversity sites; and the forest reserve Forêt-des-pins, Haiti’s biggest pine reserve, which is dominated by the endemic pine specie Pinus occidentalis. Important cultural and architectural traditions are preserved in the historic city of Jacmel, which is partially included in the biosphere reserve.

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