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Haiti - Environment : Investing in environmental resources of the country
10/06/2014 11:26:49

Haiti - Environment : Investing in environmental resources of the country
President Michel Martelly, in the presence of the Executive Director Achim Steiner of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), official guest of the Government as part of the World Environment Day, reiterated his commitment to the environment, including as a pillar of his political program, focusing on sustainable socio-economic "The environment is a national priority, and I am grateful for the support that the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) provides Haiti. Receiving the Executive Director is a positive signal to all our environmental actors, and I am honored to welcome him in our country," the President said.

The Head of State and Jean-François Thomas, the Minister of the Environment, presented to Mr. Steiner, the White Paper on the environment of Haiti before visiting coastal and mountainous regions in the south of the country with President Martelly and the Minister of the Environment.

During their visit in the last remaining primary forest of Haiti, the Macaya National Park, Achim Steiner said that in the context of the "Initiative South Coast" and UNEP programs in Haiti, Macaya was a growing priority "A new phase of collaboration is beginning between UNEP and the Ministries of Environment and Agriculture, with the aim of reducing threats to the ecosystems of the Département du Sud - including from inappropriate agriculture, forest fires, the production of wood charcoal and firewood and the wood plank industry." https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-11333-haiti-environment-survival-of-the-macaya-park-is-both-political-and-civic.html

In particular, Mr. Steiner stressed that the program will work to strengthen the management capacity of the Macaya; establish a network of marine and coastal protected areas connected to the park by biological corridors; and develop sustainable economic opportunities in agro-forestry, which will allow a green economy in the Southern Department.

"With the visit of Mr. Steiner, we arrive at an important point in the approach that we put into practice. We also jointly inaugurated the reforestation campaign on the top of the mountain, and then launched a symbolic planting of mangroves along the coast," said Minister Jean-François Thomas.

During his meeting with resident representatives in Haiti, the United Nations agencies, Achim Steiner expressed his appreciation of the partnership between UNEP and the agencies "Our collaboration across the South Coast Initiative on the the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), UNOPS (United Nations Office for Project Services) and several ministries, has shown promising results either at the departmental level and national," adding at the end of his visit "Despite the many challenges faced by Haiti, there is a palpable feeling of progress and optimism about the future development of the country. Protect and restore environmental resources of Haiti can clearly play a vital role in ensuring that opportunities for economic development through a range of sectors such as fisheries, tourism, energy and forests represent of investments of great promise."

Learn more abou the Initiative South Coast :
In 2011, UNEP launched a Coalition of the United Nations, called "South Coast Initiative" to promote sustainable development and reduce vulnerabilities in this coastal district. This initiative has supported the implementation of several environmental thematic programs.

Through this coalition, UNEP has assisted the Government to carry out major "firsts" for the environment in Haiti, as the first nine coastal and marine protected areas in the country and the first electric cooperative in the country. Overall, with the financial support of Norway, UNEP has also created the first space of dialogue between government and donors on environmental challenges and solutions for the Southern Department.

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