Bill Clinton and Richard Branson to Launch Haiti Forest Initiative
At the launch of Haiti Forest, the three men made speeches mentioning the importance of the project in not only answering the financial need for development in Haiti, but also the social, environmental needs to be met by this project. It will create 'sustainable livelihoods in Haiti,' Branson said, but will also deal with Haiti's deforestation problem, reduce charcoal usage by implementing other sources for fuel, and address Haiti's need to rely on imported food.
The pilot program will be the culmination of a six-month planning and preparation study that will incorporate rural communities and the view of the peasant farmer to determine the crops and trees most needed to be planted. It will also work with the government to determine suitable land for the reforestation and energize the wider communities and their leaders to join in on the worthwhile project as, after half-a-century of deforestation, arable land in Haiti has been lost to devastating erosion.
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