New marine protected area in Haiti

07 February 2014 | News story
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On last December the Haitian government published the creation of Haiti’s second Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the official journal, Le Moniteur. The new MPA is hereby called the “The Three Bays Protected Area (Parc Marin des Trois Baies)” and is located in Northeastern Haiti.

This new protected area encloses an area covering a total of close to 90,000 hectares and includes the bays of Limonade, Caracol, and Ft. Liberté, as well as the Lagon aux Boeufs.

“As with the designation of the new protected area in the southwest in August, we once again applaud the Haitian government’s move to protect our natural resources (…),” stated Jean Wiener, Director of the Fondation pour la Protection de la Biodiversité Marine (FoProBiM) in Haiti. “We now need to undertake serious actions to ensure the complete commitment of local stakeholders to actively participate in the Parc’s management (...)”.

FoProBiM undertook the outlining of the original park boundaries in 2000, an ecosystem valuation exercise for the area in 2009 and a re-evaluation in 2013 for the Organization of American States/Department of Sustainable Development (OAS/DSD), has just finished research on local sea turtles and manatees with UNEP CAR-SPAW and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), is undertaking the development of a Locally Managed Marine Area (LMMA) with the Critical Ecosystems Partnership Fund (CEPF), has just completed the areas first rapid coastal/marine/riverine bio-inventory, and actively participated in the preparation of the legal framework and final establishment of the present park boundaries to help bring about this important designation.

Hopefully the Arcadins, Baraderes, and Rochelois Marine Parks will also soon be created. These areas were also initially surveyed and outlined by FoProBiM in 2000 and it is currently undertaking various research activities nation-wide in order to provide a better understanding of the need to protect these vital ecosystems.

Founded in 1992 the Fondation pour la Protection de la Biodiversité Marine (FoProBiM) is Haiti’s only coastal and marine environmental organization. It is an apolitical, non-governmental, non-profit organization founded and headquartered in Haiti and was officially recognized by the Haitian government in 1995

Contact: Jean Wiener, jeanw@foprobim.org
www.foprobim.org


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