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Haiti - Environment : $12MM for the Macaya Natural National Park
02/09/2013 13:06:46

Haiti - Environment : $12MM for the Macaya Natural National Park
On Friday, the Ministry of Environment proceeded to the Signing of the "Project Macaya" with local operators in Camp Perrin in the presence of Michelet Louis, Coordinator of Project Macaya, Marie Bonnard, Representative of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Joel Boujrov, Representative of the Norwegian Cooperation, Ernest George, South Departmental Director for Environment, Michèle Oriole, Executive Secretary of the Interdepartmental Planning Committee (CIAT) and Coudo Prenor, Director of the National Agency for Protected Areas (ANAP).

Recall that the Macaya Natural National Park which houses one of the last and largest forest in the country, was established by decree of the government of Jean-Claude Duvalier in 1984, covering an area of ​​2,000 ha increased to more than 8,000 ha in March 2013.

In order to make this park a reality and stop the degradation of natural resources within the park and its immediate vicinity, the Ministry of Environment launched in December 2012 the Macaya Project. This project is funded by the Global Environment Fund and the Fund for the Reconstruction of Haiti under donation of the Norwegian Cooperation and managed by the Inter-American Development Bank for a total amount of $12 million over a period of 5 years (end of 2017).

This subsidy will help Haiti among others, to pursue a program of sustainable land management in the Macaya Natural National Park, strengthen monitoring body, reforest around 1,500 hectares of degraded land and build infrastructure of watershed protection against flooding and erosion.

The Macaya Project includes four components :

  • Strengthening local governance ;
  • Strengthening the cadastral within the park ;
  • Development of agro-forestry practices in sustainable land management ;
  • Monitoring of carbon stock and greenhouse gas emissions.

Learn more about the Macaya Park :
Located in the Massif de la Hotte and extending over the hills Formond and Macaya, the Macaya Park is, by its geographical position, one of the largest natural parks in the country dominated by the Pic Macaya (2,347 m). These hills are cut with deep ravines that give birth to seven rivers of the southern departments and Grand Anse. The National Park is home for 65 species of birds, some of which are endemic and protects 141 species of orchids, 38 endemic, and 367 flowering plants whose 55 are unique to the island of Haiti, an invaluable resource.

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