Environmental Risks & Opportunities in Haiti: A Background Analysis

This analysis is one element of a longer policy study carried out in response to a Congressional directive that “…after consultation with appropriate international development organizations and Haitian officials, organizations and communities, the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development shall submit a report to the Committees on Appropriations setting forth a plan for the reforestation of areas in Haiti that are vulnerable to erosion which poses a significant danger to human health and safety.” USAID has interpreted this mandate broadly to include better management of critical watersheds, improved rural livelihoods, sustainable forest management, and reduction in the vulnerability of Haiti’s populace to natural disasters such as floods and hurricanes.