Saturday, August 3, 2013

VIDEO: Environmental Vulnerability in Haiti // Woodrow Wilson Center


Decades of unplanned and unsustainable timber harvesting, agricultural clearing, and livestock cultivation have thrown Haiti's environment into crisis, exacerbating the effects of hurricanes and floods on the already unstable country. Under Congressional directive, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is formulating a plan to help improve the country's watershed management, forestry and agriculture practices, and rural livelihoods, and thus reduce its people's vulnerability to natural disasters. Presenting the preliminary findings of a recent environmental vulnerability assessment, USAID's multi-disciplinary team gathered at the Woodrow Wilson Center on August 2, 2006, to hear feedback from a wide range of experts at a meeting sponsored by the Environmental Change and Security Program. The panelists and participants discussed whether the plan's environmental objectives are sustainable and could improve the nation's future.


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