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Haiti - Agriculture : Towards a green economy in the South
17/07/2016 11:07:00

Haiti - Agriculture : Towards a green economy in the South
Simon Dieuseul Desras, Minister of the Environment, Pierre Karly Jean-Jeune, Representative of the Minister of Agriculture and Leo Heileman, UNEP Regional Director based in Panama, proceeded this week at the launch of the "Study on the agricultural sector and the greening of the economy in the South Department "in partnership between the Government of Haiti and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

In his speech the Minister Desras stated "I express the hope that the South department get to the forefront of the green revolution which we call of all our forces for Haiti. It is only in this way that we can build a secure country environmentally, permanently stable and economically prosperous for present and future generations."

"Haiti must undoubtedly face many environmental challenges related to climate change that affect the living conditions of the population. The Government of Haiti has taken stock of the challenges and recognizes the opportunities that may be generated by a green economy," said Leo Heileman, Director of Latin America and the Caribbean of UNEP.

This study is the first of its kind produced in Haiti. It was funded by the European Union with the support of Norway. This study is a strategic analysis of the agricultural sector in the South department for the development of five sectors according to National Agricultural Investment Plan (PNIA). They were selected according to environmental, economic and social criteria in order to evaluate more deeply their potential to contribute to the development of a green economy in the South of Haiti, they are : honey, cocoa, nuts cashew nuts, ricin and mango.

The results of this study are clear and show that there is a real potential for the development of these sectors for the department. When we talk about potential, we refer of course to the ability of these sectors, if suitably developed and exploited to generate significant revenues for households," stressed Pierre Karly Jean-Jeune.

On the sidelines of the workshop launching the report, members of the Haitian Government, of the Regional Director of UNEP and a delegation of actors in the sector will visit field activities reflecting the efforts already underway to give the environment its vital role in the economy, tourism and the well being of Haitians. The first cocoa plantations, the development of the Grotto Marie Jeanne with its educational reception centre, the restoration plan for the Beach of Port Salut, the nurseries for coastal species of protection against disasters, the marine protected areas around the Ile à Vache will constitute the main points of these visits.

"The development of a green economy will benefit Haiti. It will promote the creation of direct and indirect jobs, particularly for women and young people that constitute a group emerging in the sector. The actions put in place will preserve and enhance biodiversity and ecosystems, reducing soil erosion risk while providing stakeholders of perspectives and viable and sustainable economic alternatives," emphasizes the study of more than 60 pages.

Download the study (PDF) : http://www.haitilibre.com/docs/ge_filieresagricoles_haiti_int_web.pdf (in french)

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