Tuesday, 8 May 2012

UN Boosts Research On Ecosystem Services

The island of Hispaniola is split between two countries – Haiti and the Dominican Republic – each with more than its share of problems.  Haiti’s are worse, and for myriad reasons, but one thing is clear: over its tumultuous history, Haiti has lost more of the living ecosystems that support its economy than its neighbor has, and this continues to cost them dearly.
The mangrove forests that once protected its coast, for example, are long-gone, leaving Haiti’s half of the island susceptible to erosion and tidal waves, as Alice Kenny points out in Haiti: The Slippery Slope of Ecosystem Degradation.

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