World Vision Reforestation Project to bring back Farmlands

World Vision (WV), a global development organization, is on an exploratory mission in Haiti to tackle the reforestation problem. WV wants to find areas in Haiti that are most receptive to the Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) project, which has been successful in several African countries.


World Vision Business Manager of Climate Change, Food, and Security, Tim Morris, says the FMNR program uses surviving tree stumps and root systems to bring back deteriorated, unproductive land to farm- and forestlands. He believes Haiti has the right conditions to perform the regeneration, due to the state of the tree stumps, which have been felled to make charcoal.

The regeneration work performed in coastal areas and places vulnerable to storm events hold potential for many kinds of benefits: more fertile soil, erosion prevention, and resistance to storm surges and flooding. Morris points out the regeneration technique is not about clear-cutting a forest, but choosing only certain areas to employ the technique. This means people can still grow livestock feed and lumber to build and cook with, without destroying forestland.

If the regeneration project goes through, degraded land restored to a healthy state will be less affected by climate change. Haiti has been more afflicted by climate change events in the past ten years than any other country.

The Haitian government began a reforestation initiative at the beginning of 2013, to double the island's tree cover by 2016. They plan to achieve this goal by planting 50 million trees each year.

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Jean-baptiste Matkenson says...

Neg sa vle fe tout bagay e lot yo ?Lap bat pou neg ki vin aprel yo jwenn yon Ayiti "Perle des Antilles".Menm si mouin ap rablaba, mwen se travay lap trvay.

Alon neg

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