After decades of work and millions of dollars invested by the international community, Haiti remains one of the most environmentally degraded countries on earth. With 98% of Haiti’s forests already gone, the UN estimates that 30% of the nations remaining trees are being destroyed each year. The majority of Haiti’s population uses charcoal as their primary cooking fuel, and charcoal production is a major cause of the continued deforestation of Haiti. This deforestation magnifies the effects of hurricanes and contributes to soil degradation which leaves people without anyway to farm their food.
Years of ecological devastation in Haiti has led to some serious consequences including, but not limited to, varying levels of crop failure, flooding, soil erosion and water table depletion. In Haiti, the destructive impact that environmental systems can have is exacerbated due to the lack of protection that native forests and mangrove systems provide. To combat this, Eden Projects has been working directly with local community leaders through partnerships, to plant, protect and guard trees to maturity. In doing so, Eden Projects hopes to help restore the natural environment as well as provide agroforestry trees for food security.
- Mangrove reforestation and restoration project
- Mangroves play a key role in restoring and maintaining ocean health
- Agro community forests support food security in poverty-stricken areas
- Planting includes species of citrus, mango, papaya, and moringa trees