France Embarks In Reforestation Project in Haiti

On Monday, September, 28, 2015, on the sidelines of the 70th General Assembly of the United Nations, the Haitian Defense and Foreign Affairs Minister, Minister of Environment, have signed a protocol with the French Minister of Ecology and other international actors for the execution of an important project of reforestation in Haiti.

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After decades of work and millions of dollars invested by the international community, Haiti remains one of the most environmentally degraded countries on earth. With 98% of Haiti's forests already gone, a recent UN report estimates that about 30% of the nation's remaining trees are being destroyed each year. The majority of the Haitian population uses charcoal as their primary cooking fuel. Ségolène Royal, the French Minister of Ecology, during the ceremony, in the presence of French President Francois Hollande has said that the signing of the agreement came at a time when Haiti has suffered multiple natural hazards. As per the agreement, France will provide necessary expertise and framework through its nodal offices.

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