Haiti, once known as the “Pearl of the Antilles”, has seen fish populations decline and become more vulnerable to flooding since an increase in mangrove harvesting. The Nature Conservancy is working to protect this vulnerable island, through advancements like helping with the establishment and management of the Three Bays National Park and the development of a robust mangrove restoration program.
The Nature Conservancy is working within local communities in Haiti to help advance conservation goals. In Île à Vache, an island in Haiti, residents planted 150,000 mangrove seedlings in 2014 alone, with an additional 25,000 planted the next year. The Conservancy is also introducing sustainable farming methods that help reduce the erosion of soil into coastal waters and provide alternative food sources to take pressure off of fish populations. The recovery process will not be an easy one, but by working with the government and local partners, the Conservancy is optimistic that the future is bright for Haitians and the natural environment on which they depend.
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