The New York Times had an interesting piece, Who Will Speak for Haiti’s Trees, on the heels of the devastating Hurricane Matthew. The author looks at the history of deforestation and the obstacles of reforestation, compounded by pressing economic issues.
Here’s a clip:
“In fact, about a third of Haiti is covered in trees, and many areas with little forestation have always been that way. But the country does have a deforestation problem — it’s just more complicated than the world imagines. In the wake of the devastating hurricane, with crops destroyed across the country, Haitians urgently need help rebuilding homes and securing access to water and food. But this is a crucial moment to push for a serious, longer-term response to deforestation, which worsens the flooding caused by hurricanes and storms. A first step is to stop portraying the problem of deforestation in simple, misleading terms. Haiti’s rural populations are not culprits or victims, but key players in the project of reversing deforestation.”