Amid the flames, saving Haiti’s national park

BY EDWIDGE DANTICAT

As part of Haiti’s reconstruction efforts, clear and strategic steps taken to preserve these parks — to protect them from illegal logging and arson — will send a strong signal that the country is critically serious about maintaining its less than 2 percent remaining tree cover. A fragile country, still attempting to recover from a devastating earthquake, the aftermaths of hurricanes, questionable elections and a cholera outbreak, can ill afford to lose its last remaining natural treasures.

Parc La Visite has become one of the increasingly deafening canaries in Haiti’s precarious environmental mine, reminding us that, no matter what else is going on politically, the country’s extremely urgent environmental problems cannot, and should not, be ignored.

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/03/11/2110880/amid-the-flames-saving-haitis.html

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