To protect and conserve wildlife and habitats in Canada by engaging people and advocating on behalf of nature.
Bringing Hope to Haiti
Jean Vilmond Hillare of Haiti Audubon tests students' math skills in
Since 2007, Nature Canada has been working with its BirdLife partner in Haiti, Haitian Audubon Society, to improve the lives of the people of Formon while protecting and conserving Haitian forests and migratory birds.
are part of a coordinated effort to conserve areas across a bird's entire hemispheric range - the only truly effective way to conserve migratory bird populations like the Bicknell's Thrush.
One of our projects has involved rebuilding the local school in Formon, hiring teachers and providing free education to the children of parents who adopt sustainable forest management practices.
The community of Formon is on the edge of Macaya National Park, an important wintering habitat for Canadian migratory birds like the Bicknell’s Thrush, a secretive and threatened songbird that breeds in Atlantic Canada. Threats to the songbird, which has declined in Maritime Canada (Nova Scotia and New Brunswick) by 15% annually over the last two decades, include atmospheric pollution, climate change and loss or degradation of its forest habitats.
The project provides an incentive – children attend school for free if their parents agree to stop cutting down the forest and help with reforestation – for the community to adopt sustainable forest management practices which relieve pressure on important habitat for migratory birds. Over 80% of the parents have agreed, and for second year in a row, the school has offered hope for 300 girls and boys.
In February 2011, Mara Kerry, Nature Canada’s director of conservation, paid a visit to the school and meet with teachers and students.
Watch the video of her visit to Formon, in which the children thank Audubon and Nature Canada.
Our work is also supporting projects that help bring water to the community, freeing up hours of daily excursions to collect water, which is mostly done by girls in the community.
draw water from a newly built pump in Formon, Haiti.
In addition, four tree nurseries have been established for agroforestry and reforestation of areas of the Macaya National Park that have been degraded. The park is one of a few small patches of forest remaining in Haiti. The forest plays a critical role in supporting the surrounding communities – it provides clean water and clean air, prevents erosion and helps mitigate the impacts of climate change.
Our conservation efforts in Hatiti are supported by the Canadian International Development Agency.