These are joined by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from the Dominican Republic with concrete experience in forestry management (CEDAF), environmental education and control measures (Grupo Jaragua), and several local partners of Welthungerhilfe in Haiti (including ACDED and Concert Action) who are working towards the population’s acceptance of the measures.

Numerous challenges still to be mastered

Responsibility passes incrementally to the national partners in the course of activities. This creates a solid and sustainable foundation for the management of the projects in their entirety by the partners in future. Convincing as this sounds, in practice it is not always easy: conservation and development of biological diversity in Haiti is still proceeding without clear targets and in the absence of a stronger presence and control by state bodies in situ. On the government level, no concrete agreements exist on where to allocate and how to weight biodiversity as a transversal theme across the ministries for agriculture, environmental protection and energy.