03 Feb '12, 10pm

A rural villager in Haiti needs wood for his family. Forests need trees. What’s the solution?

A rural villager in Haiti needs wood for his family. Forests need trees. What’s the solution?

Already laboring to keep their agroforestry gardens free of weeds and pests, some families have planted beans and peas among the trees to provide additional nutritious food. © Victoria Khalidi/TNC “Before this project started Tilori was brown and barren. Now there is green everywhere.” -Ana Carrasco, Dominican Republic’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Haitian villager Mr. Acne THILONORD needs wood for his family to cook. That’s a problem. There are no trees near his rural Haitian community of Tilori. But just across the border in the Dominican Republic is a thick, lush forest. Tilori sits on the Haiti and Dominican Republic border, almost isolated from the rest of Haiti. There is no official border crossing, just a visible transformation in the landscape . In the Dominican Republic, the hillsides are covered with trees. Turn to face Haiti and stark, bare hil...

Full article: http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/caribbean/ca...

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