Haiti

Deforestation was accelerated in Haiti by colonizers who cut down trees for coffee, indigo, tobacco, and sugarcane plantations run by slave labour.

Today, the leading cause of this deforestation is charcoal production and the consequences have been devastating. A mere 1% of Haiti’s primary forests remain, and the UN estimates that 30% of those remaining trees are destroyed each year.

The reforestation projects we support aim to protect vital watersheds and improve food security throughout local communities.

Gonaïves, Belanger

Site coordinates: 19°29’00.3″N, 72°37’29.1″W

Planting partner: Eden Reforestation Project

Forest type: Agroforestry

Site size: 3, 767 hectares

Community engagement: This project has created a total of 1,217 workdays for local farmers between January and December 2021. 38% employees at this site are female.

Where the Noir and Massif du Nord Mountain ranges meet the Artibonite Plains of Gonaïves, the land is characterised by sparse tree cover and it’s vast, rugged topography.

Historically cloaked in thick forest, the landscape was initially cleared for logging, grazing, and agriculture during the colonial period. In recent years, the intensification of unsustainable charcoal production practices has accelerated degradation of the land, affecting agricultural productivity and thus producing a cycle of food insecurity and poverty.

The Gonaïves Agroforestry projects helps to break this cycle by replenishing the land with bountiful agroforestry, including orange, mango, avocado and moringa trees. Not only does this provide food security and economic opportunity within the local community, the trees protect and restore the soil while increasing biodiversity. When these trees eventually mature, they will produce seeds of their own, returning the forest to a point of natural equilibrium.

The Gonaïves Agroforestry project also conducts farmer training sessions that empower local farmer in with knowledge on grafting techniques, vegetable crop production, natural insecticide, soil conservation, and farm management.

Haiti gallery

UN SDGs

By planting trees in Haiti, we’re helping support 10 of the 17 UN SDGs:

Goal 1 - No poverty

Hiring community members to reforest mangroves

Goal 2 - Zero hunger

Providing communities with the means to purchase and grow food

Goal 3 - Good health & wellbeing

Providing meaningul work and supportive communities

Goal 5 - Gender equality

Providing women and men with work and the means to support themselves

Goal 8 - Decent work & economic growth

Creating jobs and opportunities to boost the area

Goal 10 - Reduced inequalities

Lifting people out of poverty and allowing them to earn a living

Goal 13 - Climate action

Planting trees that will go on to sequester CO2 in the future

Goal 14 - Life below water

Providing water filtration, improving habitats and regulating rainfall

Goal 15 - Life on land

Reducing flooding, providing habitats and improving soil quality

Goal 17 - Partnership for the goals

Working together to support sustainable development for our planet

UN SDGs

By planting trees in Kenya we’re helping support 10 of the 17 UN SDGs:

Goal 1 - No poverty
Goal 2 - Zero hunger
Goal 3 - Good health & wellbeing
Goal 5 - Gender equality
Goal 8 - Decent work & economic growth
Goal 10 - Reduced inequalities
Goal 13 - Climate action
Goal 14 - Life below water
Goal 15 - Life on land
Goal 17 - Partnership for the goals

Make a difference. Plant a tree.