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Energy Environment

The environment of Haiti is faced with huge problem. The total forest cover was approximately 2% in a country where 75% of energy demands were satisfied by wood fuel, and a lack of trees had in turn caused significant soil erosion.

Launching of New Artificial Lakes by President Michael Martelly in Baie-de-Henne

The Northwest region of Haiti, which has been suffering from prolonged drought periods, will be bound to experience a new change altogether after construction of artificial lakes. The project which involved the construction of over 160 artificial lakes was well appreciated by the local dwellers that would use the new resource for fishing, watering their animals and using it for irrigation. With the established artificial lakes up and running, local dwellers will be in a position to adequately suffice their food needs and earn some income from the economic activities promoted by the new resource in the region, President Martelly said.

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Video of dead Fish in Lake Azuei

Several Dead Fish From Lake Azuei

What's next for Haiti in 2010, earthquake, cholera and now thousands of fish are dying in Haiti.

Dozens of dead fish were found washing on the shores of "Etang Saumatre". According to the residents in "Plaine du Cul de Sac, the fish have been contaminated and other animals have died after eating these dead fish.

Could this kill the residents in the regions if they eat the dead fish?

What about the water, can people drink it or cook with it?

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Deforestation in Haiti

Clearing land for farming remains the main cause of deforestation in Haiti, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.

In Haiti, the loss of tree cover - and the soil erosion that results - has made it much harder for farmers to grow food, worsening the hunger and poverty already gripping the country.

Ninety-eight percent of Haiti forests have been cut down, largely to make charcoal - the main cooking fuel in Haiti - where alternatives are unavailable or not affordable. The same forces drive deforestation in many other developing countries.

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