Haitians try to recover their country’s lost forests

Christopher Columbus noted in 1492 that Haiti was “covered with tall trees of different kinds which seem to reach the sky.”

Tree planting in Gonaives


As the Haiti project coordinator of a U.S.–based nonprofit called Trees for the Future, (Timothee) Georges, a gentle, gangly 30-year-old with a thoughtful mien, intends to set in motion so many community reforestation projects that the whole country eventually will catch on. “Reforestation is a very slow process,” he said, in deliberate, precise English that he learned in school. “The problem is huge, and we are not able to solve all of it.” He thought for a moment, as if unwilling to sound downbeat, and added, “But if we have enough resources, we can do it.” Since late 2008, Trees for the Future has planted 2.5 million trees in Haiti, including 750,000 around Gonaïves. These are modest numbers — and at least a quarter of the trees will not survive — but they probably make the small nonprofit the leader in tree-planting among the thousands of nongovernmental organizations now working in Haiti.
Read more in this excellent article: http://www.canadahaitiaction.ca/content/planting-trees-life

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