Wood Charcoal in Haiti [Video, French]


Duration: 4min 55 seconds

Comme il ne reste en Haïti que 2 % de couverture forestière, le charbon est appelé à disparaître. Nous avons rencontré des producteurs de charbon de bois qui connaissent les conséquences de leurs activités sur l’environnement, mais qui nous expliquent qu’ils doivent nourrir leurs familles et envoyer leurs enfants à l’école. La conscience est là, il y a des efforts de reboisement, mais la pauvreté pèse comme une chape de plomb.

Rough translation: Given that Haiti retains only 2% of its forest cover, charcoal is likely to disappear. We met some wood charcoal producers who understand the environmental consequences of their work. They explained to us, however, that they needed to feed their families and send their children to school. The awareness is there. There are reforestation efforts, but poverty is a burden like a lead weight.

To learn more about environmentally friendly charcoal alternatives in Haiti, see Bagazo and Amy Smith’s work at MIT.

[tags]Haiti, charcoal, deforestation, video, environment[/tags]