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.

Stripped of 98 percent of its trees, Haiti suffers deforestation’s impoverishing side effects, like soil erosion, poor agricultural productivity, and desertification.

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