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A new approach

After decades of work and millions of dollars invested by the international community, Haiti remains one of the most environmentally degraded countries on earth.

The majority of Haiti’s population uses charcoal as their primary cooking fuel, and charcoal production is a major cause of the continued deforestation. As the trees go, so does the quality of the soil and farming has become increasingly more difficult on Haiti.

Haiti is exposed to severe hurricanes and the forests that once acted as a natural buffer have been significantly depleted. The soil is quickly washed away under the intense rain causing landslides and leaving the land untenable for farming.

The tree-planting approach on Haiti is a little different to the rest. The initial focus here is on planting mostly food trees within the local communities.

The first trees planted are fruit bearing trees including Mango, Papaya, Barbados Cherry and a variety of Citrus. In addition to providing shade and soil restoration, these trees will provide food for the children and their families. After this first phase of community planting is complete, true reforestation trees such as Haitian Oak, Teak, Royal Palms, and Acacias will be planted to re-establish a healthy forest ecosystem

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From little things big things grow

Developing forests in many parts of Haiti can be tough; the soil is often arid and salty, making it very difficult for many species to take hold after planting.

The Bayawonn is a thorny, bushy shrub that grows naturally and abundantly in Haiti and can appear to be a useless weed. However by pruning all except the strongest and straightest stems of a Bayawonn, the remaining stems quickly grow into trees that provide the initial canopy for a new forest.

The Bayawonn can grow to 60 meters, it improves the soil by absorbing nitrogen from the air and transferring it to their roots making the nitrogen readily available for use by other trees. The Bayawonn pods can be used as food for livestock and the wood can be used for furniture, carving, and flooring.

The gaps between the Bayawonn are then filled in with seedlings grown in local nurseries, planted by locals sponsored by your Gobe purchase.

In as little as five years, beautiful shady forests re-emerge in areas that were completely deforested and desertified.

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