Eden Reforestation – Haiti
More than 98% of Haiti’s forests have disappeared. Rising agricultural output, cattle farming and deforestation in order to collect firewood have cut deep into Haitian forests.
More than 98% of Haiti’s forests have disappeared. Rising agricultural output, cattle farming and deforestation in order to collect firewood have cut deep into Haitian forests. Degraded soils prone to desertification and soil erosion have made the regrowth of woodlands – the habitat of many local species on the brink of extinction – difficult to administer.
Our reforestation projects in Haiti specifically focus on agroforestry to sustainably feed the Haitian population. By doing so, existing forests are maintained and looked after rather than exploited. Our planting partner also focuses on reducing the Haitians’ reliance on charcoal and implementing alternative fuel sources such as efficient dry wood stoves and solar parabolic stoves.
The Haiti Reforestation Project implements agroforestry systems in order to protect watersheds and improve food security. The project equips local farmers with the tools and the education to successfully grow and maintain local tree nurseries and forests. A strong emphasis is set on strengthening autonomous management practices for communities in the area so that native residents become stewards of their own forests. In addition to reforestation activities, our partner advocates for the maintenance and upkeep of existing forests. Traditional slash- and-burn practices are replaced by more sustainable forestry methods.
- Employ & educate local community
- Improve soil fertility
- Promote soil stabilization to prevent landslides
- Capture carbon
- Implementing alternative fuel sources for locals
- Strengthening autonomous management practises for native residents
Top Trees Species
Challenges & threats for development
→ Locals were heavily relying on charcoal as fuel to prepare their food
→ Haiti is heavily deforested, making soils prone to desertification and erosion. This increases the difficulty of restoring local species.