Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

UN: Environmental Degradation in Haiti Made Worse by Earthquake

By Lisa Schlein Photo: U.S. Air Force/Tech. Sgt. James L. Harper Jr. Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 15 Jan 2010, after a magnitude 7 earthquake hit the country on 12 Jan 2010. The United Nations Environment Program warns Haiti’s recovery process will be greatly constrained if the environmental degradation suffered during the catastrophic earthquake is not adequately taken care of.  UNEP says cleaning up Haiti’s environmental mess will be long, difficult, and expensive. The program says Haiti was the poorest and most environmentally degraded country in the Caribbean before the earthquake struck in mid-January. It says Haiti’s rural environment was largely destroyed, making it difficult to fully feed its population.  It says the damaged water collecting devices made the country vulnerable to flooding and other natural disasters.  It says there is extensive soil erosion in Haiti and only three percent of the country’s […]

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