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Haiti - Environment : The President plants trees...
06/06/2012 11:38:22

Haiti - Environment : The President plants trees...
On the occasion of World Environment Day, the President Michel Martelly, went, Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at the Morne l’Hôpital, precisely to Galet where he visited a pilot project of reforestation of gullies, funded by international partners with support from the Ministry of Environment [estimated U.S. $ 170.000]. By this visit, the Head of State, which makes of this area one of its priorities, wanted to encourage this initiative, which brings an intelligent answer to the crucial problem caused by deforestation.

"...today is the World Environment Day, an environment in Haiti, which is deteriorating continuously, because of all the suffering we have at the level of Port-au-Prince, Cité Soleil, of Pétion ville, to Tabarre. When it rains, we know what happens... it is the environmental degradation that is the cause.

Many people ask Public Works to come to clean, but that's a false problem, it is a work of firefighters, wasteful. The good work is to start at the source of the problem, as are the hills where people plant things, such as corn on the slopes, whereas this is not recommended. We need forests, fruit trees. We can understand that for a question of survival, corn is good for them, but if they put lemons that would allow to keep the land and would also provide a financial contribution.

It is a matter of choice, education, support. Today, I'm glad they manage, they put all the rocks there, to prevent soil down to prevent water from doing damage, but this is only a part of work at the watershed level.

The second part, I came to inaugurate, is to plant trees. Today, we will plant cedars, mango and lemon trees [...] I ask them to participate in the program [...] we told them that through the program, we will accompany them for the fertilizer, and that on their side, they manage, to raises awareness, educate themselves, so they understand that when they do damage here, they kill people down, it's that simple.

So it is to accompany all those who want to do this job and protect watersheds [...] This project creates jobs, it is a first step [...] there are 27 watersheds like that, on which thay work, already 27...the idea now is to plant on all the watershed, and to follow this work [...] monitoring is very important, this is why I promised to return next year, I want to see the trees we planted this year, greater next year [...] in September,it is two million trees we will plant, today is a symbolic gesture for the environment day, we will 800 plant, which is minimal compared to our needs... today there are 1.345 people in the group who work [...]

On this World Day of Environment, it seems to me entirely appropriate to highlight the action initiated by the Organisation Nationale des Jeunes Professionnels pour Sauver Haïti (ONJPSH) aimed at rehabilitating the gully Capitaine Louis of the Morne l'Hôpital. Besides the environmental management, operation undertaken by the ONJPSH will generate economic benefits and in its implementation phase and in that of its operation. It opens interesting job prospects in the short, medium and long term for residents of the area,"
declared the President Martelly welcoming the partners involved in this process.

In terms of results:

  • Dry wall in floor will form several levels that will reduce water velocity and ensure a better flow rate
  • The perennial roots of vetiver and bamboo, who will be planted will retain the land and will able to accommodate other herbs and trees
  • Introduced plantations will expand our production capacity in aromatic essences and provide material to the various transformations in craft and woodwork to which is suitable bamboo.

This is to raise awareness on the importance of pilot projects of reforestation of Haiti and of environmental protection as a means of economic growth and job creation and as an important measure in order to prevent flooding and erosion.

The President of the Republic believes that such experience must be multiplied throughout the country not only to extend our cover and prevent our land being lost in the sea, but also to increase our production capacity and of utilization of our workforce.

HL/ HaitiLibre

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