Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide: Haiti MPA

ELAW AHDEN Heidi and Jean Andre 1

Caracol Bay, in the north of Haiti, is an ideal location for a new marine protected area (MPA) and we are thrilled it was included in the Trois Baies Marine Park, created in December 2013.  The Bay includes Haiti’s largest mangrove forest, an extensive coral nesting sites for the endangered leatherback sea turtle. The nearby Caracol Industrial Park has opened to international manufacturing interests and production is likely to grow, so it is critical to protect the Bay.

Engaging local community members in the planning and management of MPAs is a key to their success.  The Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW) worked together with  L’Association Haitienne de Droit de l’Environnement (Haitian Environmental Foundation, AHDEN) to safeguard Caracol Bay, advocate for Trois Baies Marine Park, and ensure that community members are involved in MPA planning and management.

AHDEN and ELAW hosted workshops to help Trois Baies communities understand the implications of the new MPA and their opportunities to be involved in managing the park.  Community members formed Le Groupe d’Action Pour le Développement du Parc Naturel des Trois Baies (Action Group for Development of the Trois Baies MPA) to facilitate collaboration with local stakeholders.  Thank you to the Clinton Foundation for partnering with the Waitt Foundation making ELAW’s work in Haiti a success.

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