25 December 2020

Guarding Haiti's Wildlife Haven

Forests: More Than Just Trees

Forests, with their lush vegetation and plentiful food resources, are a sanctuary for a diverse array of life. They house numerous endemic, rare, threatened, and endangered species, including mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. These creatures play an essential role in maintaining the health of the forest by aiding in pollination, seed dispersal, and the nutrient cycle.

The Threat to Biodiversity

Despite their importance, our forests, and the biodiversity they support, are in jeopardy due to human activities. The FAO characterizes primary forests as naturally regenerated areas of native species, untouched by human activity and ecological disruption. Tragically, less than 1% of Haiti's primary forests remain, making it one of the most deforested countries globally. If we persist in this vein, we risk losing all primary forest and witnessing a mass extinction of biodiversity in Haiti within the next two decades.

The Role of Secondary Forests

Secondary forests, like our food forests, offer a glimmer of hope. If protected and nurtured, they can serve as lifelines for many species, mitigating extinction threats posed by the decline of old-growth habitats. Our experience and scientific research indicate that these secondary forests are likely to play a growing role in biodiversity conservation.

Our Efforts and How You Can Help

Since we began cultivating our food forests and safeguarding these spaces, we've observed a plethora of amphibians, birds, insects, and mammals making these forests their home. You can contribute to this effort and increase the diversity of wildlife in your local forest by creating hospitable habitats. This could involve setting up piles of rocks, decaying logs, ponds, or bat houses, or even just planting more flowers to invite and support life. But above all, the most effective way to promote biodiversity is to simply allow nature the time to regenerate itself.

Join us in our mission to preserve Haiti's rich biodiversity. Together, we can make a significant difference, one forest at a time.