Haitian and international actors sign agreement for reforestation project in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - On the sidelines of the 70th General Assembly of the United Nations, representatives of the Haitian government and other international partners last week signed an agreement to support reforestation efforts in the impoverished Caribbean country, which has only about 2% of forest cover.
The Haitian defence and foreign affairs minister, Lener Renauld; the Haitian minister of environment, Dominique Pierre; French minister of ecology, Segolene Royal; and international actors such as Fernando Sulichin, Sean Parker, Phillip Caputo and Sean Penn proceeded to the signing of a protocol for the execution of an important project for reforestation in Haiti.
The signing of this agreement took place on Monday, September 28, 2015, at the French Mission to the United Nations in New York, in the presence of French President Francois Hollande and the French foreign minister, Laurent Fabius.
The initiative entitled "Haiti Takes Root" marks a major turning point in the fight against deforestation in Haiti and forms part of the 21st Conference of Parties to the Framework Convention of the United Nations Climate Change 2015 (COP21 / CMP11), also called "Paris 2015".
The conference which takes place from November 30 to December 11, 2015, should lead to a new international climate agreement.