Haiti is closer to losing its rich diversity of plants, animals, and other species than nearly any other country in the world. It is now concentrated in the one percent of original forests that remain, and many of those species are found only in Haiti. These last forests are 'hot spots' of biodiversity, being destroyed because there is no effective mechanism to protect them. It is truly a mass extinction about to happen which will have environmental consequences. Removal of forests causes springs and streams to disappear, increases flooding, and reduces the potential for recovery of forests and biodiversity in the future. The last forests must be saved quickly because many mountains in Haiti already have lost all of their forests.
Haiti National Trust was established to save and protect the environment and biodiversity of Haiti for future generations. Our primary activity is to identify the biodiversity hotspots of Haiti, acquire the land for parks, and establish long-term protective measures for each park. We place importance on an immediate stop to the cutting of trees, and work closely with the government of Haiti to assist their efforts in the two national parks. We encourage the scientific study of biodiversity to determine the numbers and types of species that exist in Haiti, where they are located, and their natural history. We also encourage the conservation of genetic resources (biobanking) as an insurance policy in case some species disappear before we can save them in the wild.
Please help us accomplish our goal of saving the natural heritage of Haiti with a one-time or recurring gift.
Hispaniolian Parakeet (Photo Credit: Eladio Fernandez)