Finding a solution to the deforestation problem in Haiti is not going to be an easy task. As a native born Haitian, I traveled the entire island to get a good grasp of how deforestation can be solved.
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Haiti is the second largest Island in the Caribbean. Haiti is situated 77 km southeast of Cuba. Haiti occupies the western third of the island it shares with the Dominican Republic and has 1530 km of coast line.
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HELP STOP DEFORESTATION IN HAITI
When deforestation occurs on a massive scale, It often resulting in damage to the quality of the land. Fortunately forests still cover about 30 percent of the world’s land area, but swaths the size of Panama are lost each and every year.
At the current rate of deforestation and without intervention the earths rain forests could completely vanish in a hundred years.
Forests are cut down for many reasons, but most of them are related to money or to people’s need to provide for their families. The biggest driver of deforestation is agriculture. Farmers cut forests to provide more room for planting crops or grazing livestock. Often many small farmers will each clear a few acres to feed their families by cutting down trees and burning them in a process known as “slash and burn” agriculture.
Currently logging operations, which provide the world’s wood and paper products, also cut countless trees each year. Loggers, some of them acting illegally, also build roads to access more and more remote forests—which leads to further deforestation. Forests are also cut as a result of growing urban communities.
Not all deforestation is intentional. Some is caused by a combination of human and natural factors like wildfires and subsequent overgrazing, which may prevent the growth of young trees.
Deforestation has many negative effects on the environment. The most dramatic impact is a loss of habitat for millions of species. Seventy percent of Earth’s land animals and plants live in forests, and many cannot survive the deforestation that destroys their homes.
Tigeorges Foundation is actively working at replacing the uprooted tress in Haiti's underdeveloped areas of deforestation.
Removing trees deprives the forest of portions of its canopy, which blocks the sun’s rays during the day and holds in heat at night. This disruption leads to more extreme temperatures swings that can be harmful to plants and animals.
Trees also play a critical role in absorbing the greenhouse gases that fuel global warming. Fewer forests means larger amounts of greenhouse gases entering the atmosphere—and increased speed and severity of global warming.
By Donating to Tigeorges Foundation you allow us to replant, cultivate, and bring to life the balancing factors of the eco-system.
FACTS ABOUT HAITI
- Haiti is ranked as the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere
- Haiti’s poverty is directly linked to deforestation and habitat loss
- Chronic energy shortages have contributed to Haitian’s search for alternative sources of energy (wood)
- Wood accounts for 70 percent of energy consumption in Haiti
- Haiti's steady deforestation resulted in an estimated 6,000 hectares of soil lost each year
- Haiti deforestation heighten landslide risk
- Massive landslides kills over 3000 in its wake during hurricane season
- Scientists say widespread deforestation and the recent earthquake in Haiti could lead to more landslides
- Haitian farmers have little incentive to plant trees
- Tigeorge Foundation is dedicated to not just replanting trees but, to also educate the peasants on how to keep Haiti green, salvaging the fertility of the land, and keeping it arable