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.
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
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
“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
Many members of HAWG have been working on the ground in Haiti for many years and will continue to do so, working side-by-side with Haitians putting their homes and communities back together post-hurricane. We encourage you to read about the work being done and our focus on local partnerships, then donate to these well-respected organizations. Read More