Till the year 1925, Haiti had almost 60% of all its land under natural cover. Its flora and fauna were well protected and its agriculture was in a state of boom. However, an era of post-independent political turmoil and wide scale exploitation of natural resources not only depreciated Haiti's socio-economic system but also its ecological balance.
Haiti is an agricultural country with nearly half of its population residing in the rural areas and almost 85% of its people practicing agriculture. Over 26% of Haiti's economic output is derived from a healthy annual crop produce. However, the severe lack of energy to meet the many demands of its growing population, led more and more trees to be felled each year, with the result that modern day Haiti has only 1.4% of its original green cover left. Nearly 20 million trees were cut down annually to meet the insatiable demand for electricity. This resulted in almost 7000 hectares of soil being lost to erosion on a yearly scale.
As thousands of hectares of soil continued to get eroded annually, the rate of poverty touched its peak. The lack of proper infrastructure, knowledge about the use of alternate sources of renewable energy and proper reforms further aggravated the scenario. Poverty also made electricity a sort of unaffordable luxury for the common man in Haiti. With only 25% of all homes in Haiti enjoying electricity, the vast population of Haiti had no option but to bank upon its natural resources for alternative sources of energy.
Without a healthy environment with regulations, enduring economic prosperity with social well being is not possible. Fondation Seguin is committed to remain active in supporting the actual government objectives to change the course of our future.
REBUILDING FOR ECONOMIC SUSTAINABILITY
Agriculture, which used to be the backbone of Haiti's economy, can be developed again. It is also important that its natural resources, however limited, be protected! Planting more trees can help to bind soil and prevent it from getting eroded. This will also help to restore fertility on the soil and make it cultivable. In addition to this, a green movement to find alternate and renewable sources of energy derived from the sun for example, can help Haiti look forward to a sustainable future.
Haiti may have lost over 90% of its green cover and thousands of hectares of rich, fertile soil to erosion. However, it still enjoys plenty of sunshine and unlimited supply of wind and water. These resources can be used to generate valuable support in the agriculture sector once again. In addition, an emerging agricultural economy will provide thousands of employment activities and support a number of other industries in Haiti. This will also help to address the poverty situation and improve the quality of life in this country.
Foundation Seguin is committed to help Haiti rebuild its economic sustainability by strengthening its agricultural base, preventing environmental degradation and protecting its limited natural resources. You can join in and help this journey of prosperity!
We are a group of young local professionals, and Haitians businessmen who want to get involved in development and future of our country. We want to live in a better country, a greener and better Haiti tomorrow.
In the Seguin area, Parc La Visite, we propose to undertake a series of projects that all have the common goal of safeguarding, protecting, and rehabilitating the environment. These efforts are for the Haitian inhabitants of the region, as well as for foreign visitors.
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