2013: Haiti’s “year of the environment”

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Jan 1, 2013 (AFP) – Haitian President Michel Martelly made a New Year plea for unity, urging his countrymen to rebuild together their shattered country almost three years after a devastating earthquake.

Declaring 2013 the “year of the environment,” Martelly warned on national television Tuesday that environmental degradation was a serious challenge in a nation with less than two percent forest cover.

“I call on every single Haitian to plant a tree for the next 25 years in order to confront natural disasters,” the president said.

Haiti, the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, has suffered a series of natural disasters throughout its history, with cyclones, hurricanes, torrential rains, floods and earthquakes battering the country.

Source: AFP

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