Haiti, a small island developing state with a population largely dependent upon agriculture, has sparse arable land for agricultural production and negligible forest cover. Haiti is particularly vulnerable to the devastating impacts of climate change — including destructive hurricanes, droughts, coastal erosion, and rising sea levels– which jeopardize Haitians’ food security, infrastructure, and physical safety. The HAWG promotes policies that help Haitian communities mitigate and adapt to climate change, regain agricultural sovereignty, and improve environmental sustainability. We connect voices of Haitian farmers, environmental researchers, and civil society advocates to international policymakers to ensure that they play a powerful role in determining Haiti’s future.
The HAWG Heads to Haiti: Firsthand Perspectives on Haiti’s Environmental Needs
We sat three abreast in the back of a jeep, speeding through mountainous roads toward the southern tip of Haiti. Sitting between by my Haiti Advocacy Working Group colleagues, I could hardly believe that we were finally here, investigating the crucial sustainability issues for which the HAWG has advocated over the past several years. Read More
Entre le 22 et le 26 février 2017, quatre membres de HAWG se sont rendus en Haïti. Elaine Zuckerman de Gender Action, Joel Kupferman de l’Initiative pour la justice environnementale, Maurice Bloem du Church World Service et Jayce Hafner de l’Église épiscopale ont participé à ce voyage. Tav Hafner a servie de cameraman de la délégation. Read More
Soti 22 pou rive 26 fevriye 2017, kat manm ki soti nan HAWG vwayaje an Ayiti. Manm sa yo se te : Elaine Zuckerman pou Gender Action, Joel Kupferman pou Inisyativ pou yon Jistis sou Anviwònman, Maurice Bloem pou Church World Service (Sèvis Legliz Mondyal) ak Jayce Hafner, pou Legliz Episkopal. Read More
Between February 22 and 26, 2017, four members of the Haiti Advocacy Working Group traveled to Haiti. Elaine Zuckerman of Gender Action, Joel Kupferman of the Environmental Justice Initiative, Maurice Bloem of Church World Service, and Jayce Hafner of the Episcopal Church participated in this timely trip. Tav Hafner served as the delegation’s videographer. Read More
Between January 9 and 13, Christin Calixte, Coordinator of the Haitian Civil Society Platform on Climate Change, came to Washington DC as part of a high level Haitian delegation which included the Minister of Environment. The delegation aimed to raise awareness of the effects of climate change, environmental degradation, the impact on food security and the urgent need for climate finance. Read More
Between January 9-13, at the invitation of the Haiti Advocacy Working Group, the Honorable Simon Desras – Minister of the Environment in Haiti – Mr. Astrel Joseph, Director of Soils and Ecosystems at the Haitian Ministry of the Environment and Christin Calixte, Coordinator of the Haitian Civil Society Platform on Climate Change, came to Washington DC for a series of meetings with representatives from the U.S. Read More
HAWG Congratulates the Haitian Parliament on the Ratification of the Paris Agreement!
The Haitian Parliament, meeting in the National Assembly on Wednesday 1 February 2017, ratified the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Following the explanatory memorandum presented by the Minister of the Environment, Mr Simon Dieuseul DESRAS and the enriching debates that followed, the National Assembly voted in favor of the report of the Parliamentary Committee to analyze the Agreement Of Paris with 90 votes in favor, 0 against and 4 abstentions. Read More
At the invitation of the Haiti Advocacy Working Group, the Minister of Environment, Simon Dieuseul Desras, along with Astrel Joseph, Soils and Ecosystems expert for the ministry, and Christin Calixte, National Coordinator of the Haitian Civil Society Platform on Climate Change came to Washington.
From the IASC Emergency Directors Group Report from Mission to Haiti:
Members of the IASC Emergency Directors Group (EDG)1 travelled to Haiti from 2 to 5 November 2016 to review the humanitarian situation one month on from Hurricane Matthew, to take stock of current operational challenges and to identify additional support requirements. Read More