Haiti is prone to a range of hazards, including earthquakes, hurricanes, landslides, flash floods and drought. Significant environmental degradation caused by the over-exploitation of forest resources, soils, water, quarries and coastal waters, makes Haiti highly vulnerable to climate change. This degradation reduces the country’s ability to absorb the effects of extreme weather events, which results in compromised water resource systems, increased soil loss and intensification of coastal erosion and coastal ecosystem degradation. In such conditions, adaptation requires actions aimed at reducing degradation and reversing the trend to restore productive water and natural resource systems and ecosystem services.
PfR Haiti aims to enhance resilience and reduce the vulnerability of communities to extreme weather events and the impacts of climate change. Communities do this through behavioural change and increasing the awareness and capacities of vulnerable groups in both rural and urban areas. Activities for avoiding ecosystem degradation and developing adaptive capacity to climate change involve investing in community-managed preparedness plans linked to improving early warning systems. PfR is advocating for sustained investment in IRM/Resilience programmes in order to enhance transformative sustainable development at sufficient scale to cut off the poverty cycle and trigger a viciuous circle in Haiti.
Soil erosion mitigation measure at Grand Fond, Cotes de Fer, South-east department, Haiti