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.
When policymakers from around the world came together in December of 2015 to solidify an international climate agreement in Paris, France, we members of the Haiti Advocacy Working Group (HAWG) engaged this process through advocacy, programmatic strategy, and grassroots activism. As we laud the spirit of international collaboration for climate action that inspired the Paris Conference, we also recognize that the Paris Agreement which ultimately emerged from these negotiations must be strengthened and improved this year and in the years to come to avoid exacerbating existing problems in highly vulnerable countries like Haiti. Read More
In recent years Haiti has suffered from a recurring drought characterized by the lack of rainfall and drying up of several water sources in rural areas. One of its root causes is the uncontrolled felling of trees in local forests for the production of charcoal. Last summer, especially, the heat rose to an unimaginable, even unbearable degree, which left us all without doubt that the situation is far from being improved. Read More