Centre for Nature Interpretation in Aquin, Haiti

The World Environment Day was celebrated in Haiti with the theme, "lima an apchanje, nou pa kakanpe l men noukaralantikous li. M angaje m!". The president of Haiti Michel Martelly had been busy participating in various activities, among them the inauguration of the first Centre for Nature Interpretation in Aquin. He also launched the planting of around 5 million seedlings in the southern region. He was accompanied by Jean Francois Thomas, Minister of the Environment, the Mayor of the Commune of Aquin,Gilles Rivard, Departmental Delegate of South, Serge Chéry, Ambassador of Canada in Port-au-Prince,Ms. Sophie de Caen who is the Director of Program United Nations Development Programme (UNDP),CalixteBossé, of Deputy Fritz-GéraldBourjolly (Aquin / St-Louis du Sud) and representatives of the local organizations.


The president thanked partners such as UNDP and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). He also appreciated the friends of Haiti who included Canada and Norway for their contribution in the development of the environment in the department of South. He stressed the fact that the government was keen in making sure that there is proper management of the natural resources, which was symbolised by the inauguration of the centre.

The minister of environment said that the commemoration of this day is important as it makes the world more aware of the actions to be taken towards conservation of the environment. He added that this would ensure that the Haitian population participate in the promotion of environmental protection, promote good practice and also implement new initiatives being developed by the government.

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