Haitian President Michel Martelly announced Saturday, three years after the devastating earthquake on Jan. 12, 2010 left 300,000 people dead, a master plan for reforestation and land management capable of creating 30,000 jobs.
The project seeks to put an end to ecosystem damage from the constant floods and erosion, the transport and accumulation of waste that is forever putting Haitian lives, assets and infrastructures at risk, according to an official communique.
A partial government estimate of how much these destructive natural forces have cost over the past 10 years says there have been more than 6,000 deaths, 1 million people left homeless, 250,000 homes destroyed, 281 million euros ($375 million) worth of direct agricultural losses, widespread ruin of infrastructures, as well as insecure food and water supplies.
This year the government foresees the creation of common woodlands to increase forest coverage by 27 percent between 2013 and 2020, a reduction of erosion in river basins, and the setting up of plant nurseries in the country's 10 provinces to achieve a production capacity of 50 million plants.
That implies "drastic changes in administrative methods and the way we use our natural resources," said Martelly, who has declared 2013 the Year of the Environment. EFE