THE 1MILLION PROJECT PARK TOUR 1MPLV can be considered as an intensive reforestation pilot project on a minimum of 700 hectares of degraded land located at the Parc La Visite, which will, once achieved, be replicated i nationally, in other protected areas such as Macaya Park, Foret des Pins, etc.
The approach is to strategically reforest water conservation points at watersheds which represent more than 9 points that feed the water table and a number of springs and rivers in the Southwest and West Departments. More than one third of the population of Haiti receive ecological services from this location in terms of what is necessary for daily needs for food, energy and the framing of our lives.
Thus by the importance of such a site for preservation and protection of biodiversity as well as water availability, it remains important to envisage urgent restorative measures which permit this jewel of Haiti’s Natural Legacy to continue to fully play its role. Restoring Parc La Visite is a survival issue , especially for Southeastern natives of the Island Nation .
This is done in achieving conservation with a double effect of groundwater and streams while replanting with forest and fruit trees indigenous to these areas while keeping environmental standards. These projects would become in the long-term a source of income generation, local production for management by the state, producing planks of wood for various uses or in the case of fruits, for export. Other economic development projects could easily ensue
The Ministry of the Environment already aboard with the Project Proponents gives its full support and will assist fund raising efforts through various partner initiatives supported by the Ministry of Environment, donors, donations in cash and kind and all sectors of National Life.
The project was launched June 6, 2016 in the activities of the Week of the Environment with the support of the Ministries of Environment, Planning and External Cooperation and Education.
What has been already done?
Using very basic resources, the Project has begun to take shape. The first step was to hold detailed conversations with the Haiti Ministry of Environment which gave full endorsement to the Project. Those conversations had to continue and bring us to an MOU and several side considerations for corollary issues such as the use of alternative fuel sources and technical procedures to be used for reforestation
The Project Document. The 1MPLV Project is an intricate coordination of actions of various teams of Field Personnel, Administrators, Environmentalists, Diaspora Liaison, Fundraisers, Public Relations and Government Liaison and a Volunteer base, able to work as a team to bring to implementation a well balanced timeline with the appropriate resources. Writing the Project Document was the challenge of this delicate endeavor, taking into account difficult terrain, limited resources and complex operations
• The completion of studies. We had to ensure of the feasibility of our intents, visit the Park, find the best and most practical techniques, identify plantlets availability, acreage and soil conditions. This also led to natural partnerships with entities already on the ground and having the capacity to analyze, measure and implement the Project.
• Conversations with donor funds and organizations able to finance the project. There are underway. Indentifying who can be best partners nationally and internationally is a work in progress throughout this Project.
• The identification of the parcels for intensive reforestation. It could not be just available land in the Park. The parcels were identified in terms of making a precise addition to existing forest, maximizing the survival of the plantlets, making the planting sites near water, yet safe and accessible to volunteers. 800 acres were identified in 4 parcels, before the community engagement process begins.
In this regard, Friends of Haiti 2010 is gathering its partners for implementation, which should include:
• The preparation of seedlings, nursery and planting
• The Community Engagement Process
• The engagement of students and schoolchildren in the Project
• The Buy-a-Tree Campaign in the communities of the Diaspora
• The Civic Engagement of local organizations
• The commitment of international partners
These activities lead to intensive Planting Operation, a million seedlings that will end with the last plant being planted by His Excellency the President of the Republic in as a sign of perfect solidarity with the initiative.
Closely monitoring seedlings will take place in the two years following the Planting to ensure that the shrubs are in good shape and in place.
The initiative will focus in the future on various watersheds threatened by multiple environmental problems that threaten the future of Haiti.
The partners of the project:
Friends of Haiti 2010, Project Manager, Agronomist Arcene Bastien, Consultation et Resultats, Peacock Group SA, Seguin Foundation, RCGCH, ANAP, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Planning and External Cooperation, Nesmy Manigat, Betty Alexandre, Jean Marie Claude Germain, various radio stations and other Technical Consultants will join in the team as needed, according to their respective expertise.
Why Parc la Visite as a site?
A warning is thus issued in order to encourage each and everyone to understand that climate change is here to stay. We are urged to unite and fight against it.
The disappearance of our natural resources in a clear menace to our own survival, creating long term famine and chronic poverty. Losses in biodiversity in animals and plants would also be catastrophic.
Parc la Visite is a great choice for the dual capacity for reforestation and water conservation. Haiti’s water table are currently in great danger of drying up and Parc La Visite is in a unique location that regroups nine water springs whose branches head to various locations. Moreover these are the points of origination and the water reservoir for two Departments in Haiti, the West which includes the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area, and the Southwest which includes Jacmel. Reforestation at Parc La Visite holds great promise for future generations.
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Pic Macaya National Park (French: Parc National Pic Macaya) is one of two national parks of the Republic of Haiti. It is located in the country’s southern peninsula, within the Massif de la Hotte. Featuring the country’s last stand of virgin cloud forest, it encompasses more than 8,000 hectares. Elevations in the rugged park reach a maximum height of 2,347 meters (7,700 feet) above sea level at Pic Macaya (Macaya Peak), the second highest point in Haiti behind Pic la Selle. A majority of the park is composed of two tall peaks: Pic Macaya and Pic Formon.
The park was founded in 1984, under the administration of Jean-Claude Duvalier. Originally composed of about 2,000 hectares, the park was expanded to more than 8,000 hectares in March 2013 as part of the Macaya Project. In December 2012, $12 million was pledged through 2017 in agreements with several international development agencies, including the Inter-American Development Bank and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation. The initiative aims to increase protection of the park’s natural resources by improving land management. This includes reforesting degraded areas, building infrastructure to reduce erosion from flooding, and enforcing the protection of the park’s diverse plant and animal life.
One of the biggest challenges to the park is the practice of “charcoal burning,” in which large swathes of biomass are burned to produce charcoal, which can be sold at a high price by local inhabitants.
The mountains of the Massif de la Hotte are mainly karstic and volcanic The park features endangered plant and animal life, including some endemic to the island of Hispaniola. There are 220 species of birds present in the park, 141 species of orchids, and 367 flowering plants. Six species of frogs, believed to be extinct, have been seen the region in the past several years. Over 6,500 species of plants live at Pic Macaya.