Haiti National Trust buys mountain, Grand Bois, to save rare original forest and threatened species

Haiti National Trust buys mountain, Grand Bois, to save rare original forest and threatened species

(French version below) In a first for Haiti, a mountain in the southwest of the country has been purchased on January 18th to preserve some of the last original forest and rare species threatened with extinction. Approximately 500 hectares of Morne Grand Bois, including the highest areas, were purchased by Société Audubon Haiti for Haiti National Trust. “This is a new approach to conservation in Haiti that we think will work” says Haitian businessman Philippe Bayard, the CEO of both non-profit organizations. There are at least 68 species of vertebrates on Grand Bois including some found nowhere else in the...

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Aftermath of Hurricane Matthew

Aftermath of Hurricane Matthew

New images of destruction from Hurricane Matthew in southwest Haiti taken by our Haiti Trust team. On Monday (17 October) we flew over southwest Haiti to survey hurricane damage to the communities surrounding Grand Bois National Park, and took these images showing flooding still affecting communities in the region, with fallen trees and others stripped of leaves. The eye of the hurricane passed through this region where we work. Photos taken along the road near Port Salut also show the impact of the storm, with overturned cars and destroyed houses. Clearly many people in this area were affected and are...

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Welcome to the Haiti National Trust!

Welcome to the Haiti National Trust!

We are pleased to announce the establishment of a long-awaited national trust fund for Haiti’s environment and biodiversity. Haiti has a rich diversity of species, many found nowhere else in the world, but which are now threatened with extinction. Losing this national treasure would be not only a great cultural loss for the Haitian people, but it would also cause suffering by its impact on the water resources, agriculture, and economy. We are determined not to let this happen. Please join our effort in protecting the last forests and biodiversity of Haiti. Philippe Bayard, President and Chief Executive OfficerDr. S....

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