Over the weekend, we at HTRIP join the United Nations Environment Program in celebrating World Environment Day under the theme: Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care. We also want to take the occasion to highlight one of our many success stories of our education and tree planting program in the communities we serve.
Ducasse is a community that is part of the Verettes district, and it is one of HTRIP’s most isolated communities (elevation ranges from 1,000 to 1,300 meters) with a greater lack of infrastructure. The people of Ducasse began working with HTRIP in 2007 and in 8 years, 200 hundred people (105 men and 95 women) have graduated our Agroforestry education program, planted more than 50,000 thousand trees, and built about two hundred kilometers of soil conservation structures.
Ducasse is one of the communities where the HTRIP model has succeeded. One can start seeing the positive environmental effects in tree plots that are more than 5 years old where tree canopies are closing. In fact, HTRIP is in the process of establishing the second phase of the program in Ducasse. Last year, HTRIP conducted a shade-crop experiment with yam and passion fruit in a couple of these plots with a significant amount of tree cover. All of this is meant to ensure the sustainability of all the reforestation work performed in Phase I.
As we celebrate World Environment Day, we strongly applaud the courage and engagement of the people of Ducasse in fighting deforestation, Haiti’s biggest environmental problem. We are also very grateful for the continuous support of all of our dedicated contributors, and reinforce our commitment to help environmentally vulnerable communities in Haiti to work toward making the world a better place.
HTRIP program coordinator