USAID/Haiti Reforestation Fact Sheet - January 2020

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Widespread deforestation is a critical concern in Haiti and poses a serious threat to the lives of Haitian citizens. This deforestation has led to flooding, dramatic rates of soil erosion, and subsequent declines in agricultural productivity. Haiti’s valuable coastal and marine resources have been degraded by sediment deposit and overfishing, resulting in considerable loss in biodiversity.

While the destruction of Haiti’s natural forests is a cause for serious concern, there are signs that tree cover is increasing. Recent analysis of satellite imagery suggests that, while pristine forests may only cover a small percentage of the country, a growing percentage is covered by new, less dense forest systems. This new growth is due largely to the increase in agroforestry systems across the country.

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Friday, January 10, 2020 - 5:00pm