Propagation Centre for Biodiversity in Dosmond, Haiti. From right to left: Dirk Günther, Welthungerhilfe Regional Director for the Caribbean, Marc-Arthur Georges and Eberhard Hauser, both of Welthungerhilfe Haiti.
Photo: © I. Gentes

30.07.2013

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Welthungerhilfe supports sustainable agro-forestry and the use of alternative energy sources to help make the Caribbean Biological Corridor a reality. Sustainable conservation and better living conditions for the local population are the aim. Implementation is not easy, however, particularly in Haiti where people rely very heavily on wood as a fuel.

The Caribbean islands rank among the regions of global importance for biodiversity. Thanks to their high concentration of biological diversity, the ecosystems of the island groups are acknowledged as one of the world's biodiversity hotspots. In 2007 the governments of Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic agreed that the establishment and organisation of the Caribbean Biological Corridor (CBC) is to be a political priority. Since then, this project has been run under the auspices of their respective environment ministries.

The fragility of the ecosystems on Cuba, the island of Hispaniola and the other island states (especially Jamaica and Puerto Rico) has worsened even further in recent years due to poverty, inadequate planning and unsustainable exploitation of resources. The CBC territories, especially in Haiti, stand out for their high population density per square kilometre, making it essential to compensate for the destructive impacts of human activities on biodiversity and to find alternative models for development and organisation as well as marketing.

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