Exploring Mangrove Restoration in Haiti

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For the past 7 years, Eden Reforestation Projects has been focusing on agroforestry in Haiti. This year we are branching out and exploring a mangrove restoration effort with the Amiga Island Foundation in Haiti.

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International Day of the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem

Today is a day to celebrate Eden’s efforts to conserve mangrove forests!

Mangroves

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Eden's New Harbor Boat House

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Eden Reforestation Projects is very proud of its mangrove projects in Madagascar, but planting 2.5 million mangroves every month takes a lot of hard work and well thought out infrastructure – like boats.

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"Singling Out" Shrubs in Haiti

One amazing way to quickly reforest much of Haiti is a process called “singling.” Being “singled out” works—and it works well when it comes to what may look like a hopeless restoration situation.

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Mahajanga Guard Houses

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Eden Reforestation Projects has established two guard houses at the Mahajanga mangrove sites in Madagascar. These small houses were built to provide shelter for the guards who have been hired to monitor and protect the sites each day. The houses also create an Eden presence at the sites so everyone in the area knows who is managing and protecting the planting efforts.

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People Will Live Better Because of Trees and Your Support

Eden Reforestation Projects began working in Haiti in 2009 and we have found it to be our most challenging project nation. The country suffers from many earthquakes, hurricanes, and almost constant social unrest. Fund for Peace places Haiti as “the 10th most fragile nation in the world.” In addition, Haiti is one of the most environmentally degraded countries on earth. The majority of the land has become a dessert. Despite all of this, Eden remains committed to restoring this fragile and hurting nation.

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A Hope for the Future

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Found on Eden’s “Island 2” project site at the Mahajanga Estuary, sits a large mangrove tree stump. The stump, the remains of a grey mangrove (Avicennia Marina), is pictured in the foreground of the picture, surrounded by young mangrove trees. 

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Endangered Species in Haiti

Rapid deforestation in Haiti began with French colonialism and the introduction of coffee in the early 1700’s. Plantations of coffee, tobacco, and sugarcane led to rapid soil erosion, and with the lack of protection from forests, hurricanes took a larger toll on the island. 

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Endangered Species in Nepal

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The Chitwan National Park is home to some of Nepal’s most endangered species. In some cases, it is the only refuge they may get. One of the last populations of the One-Horned Asian Rhinoceros lives within the forest, while the dense forest may be the last hunting grounds for the Bengal Tiger.

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Endangered Species in Madagascar

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Madagascar is famous for being the only place on the planet where lemurs reside. These creatures are incredibly fascinating, and fun to watch, but unfortunately they are on the decline. More than half of all lemur species are listed as vulnerable, endangered, or critically endangered.

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