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.

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Climate Change, Events, Food Sovereignty

Haitian civil society perspectives on climate change and the environment

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

Climate Change, Events, Food Sovereignty

A conversation with Hon.Simon Dieuseul Desras, Haitian Minister of Environment

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

Climate Change

Haitian Parliament Ratifies the Paris Agreement!

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

Aid Accountability and Transparency, Cholera Epidemic, Climate Change, Food Sovereignty, Housing

A marathon worth running: Haiti seven years on

After seven years there’s much to be hopeful about in Haiti, and still much work to do.

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Seven years ago today, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocked Haiti. Its epicenter was not far from the Port-au-Prince metro area, home to one of every four Haitians. Read More

Aid Accountability and Transparency, Climate Change, Food Sovereignty, Housing

IASC on Humanitarian Situation 1 month later

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

Climate Change

COP22: Haitian Press Release

A press release from Haiti’s Ministry of Environment on COP 22:

Port-au-Prince, 10 novembre 2016.
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Le Ministère de l’Environnement attire l’attention des forces vives du pays sur les enjeux des négociations internationales sur le climat et les priorités d’Haïti dans la lutte contre les changements climatiques. Read More

Aid Accountability and Transparency, Cholera Epidemic, Climate Change

On the Verge of a Deepening, Chronic Crisis

“FORGETTING THE FORGOTTEN”: ON THE VERGE OF A DEEPENING, CHRONIC CRISIS:

Press Release from CLIO and CCO

We, members of CCO & CLIO, the 2 largest NGO associations in Haiti, raise the alarm on the intensifying consequences caused by the neglected management of the chronic and severe hazards devastating Haiti. On October 4th, Hurricane Matthew slammed the western coasts of the island to devastating effect. Read More