Thursday, October 7, 2010

Rebuilding Haiti Through Reforestation

Haiti's tumultuous past has given the country the dubious title of being the poorest country in all of the Americas. Unfortunately, the title of being one of the poorest financially extends into its environmental standing as Haiti is also one of the most deforested countries in the world [the picture to the right is of the border between the Haiti (left) and the Dominican Republic taken from a NASA satellite]. In an article by Beverly Bell entitled An Alternative Environmental Future for Haiti, she examines how the country's complex web of social, economical and political systems have had an adverse affect on its environment and how Haiti Survie is using reforestation as a way to revive the country in all capacities as it rebuilds after the 7.0 earthquake earlier this year.

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  1. Timberland is also planting trees in Haiti to help in its rebuilding efforts. According to their Chief Exec Jeff Swartz,

    "You can't just throw a sapling in the ground and expect the world to change," said Swartz, announcing his company's plans last Thursday (7 October). "But done thoughtfully and strategically," he said.

    "Planting trees really can lead to meaningful long-term solutions to a whole host of environmental, social and economic problems."

    For more information on the article, visit the website below.