It is not an easy thing to solve the problem of deforestation in Haiti, which is directly tied to the earth’s environment. In search of a solution, some people carried out experiments, others invested a lot of money, several organizations were established, all without much results. It is a frustrating subject. In this article, I investigate past and present practices, and provide future perspectives.
Haiti was a green country, wooded during the pre-Columbian period, at the time of its discovery as well as its independence, and until 1908. It was one of the countries in the Americas where one could find good quality timber. People from European countries bought the Haitian wood products. The forests disappeared and nowadays forest cover is extremely low.
Figures for Haiti’s forest cover are hard to come by. There are not many state-owned forests. One year ago, I visited one of these: “Forêt des Pins” (the Forest of the Pines). This forest used to have more than 32 hectares of wooded land. In 1998, according to an expert’s analysis, only 28 hectares were left. A group of agronomists works in the area for the Haitian government. One agronomist stated: “ I don’t believe in the disappearance of the 4 hectares of forest.”
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