Haiti not ready for approaching storm season

Inter Press News Service reports that Haiti’s environmental degradation is a time bomb that needs urgent attention if the country is to preserve its already strained social and economic stability, says a new briefing from the International Crisis Group (ICG).

The brief, “Haiti: Saving the Environment, Preventing Instability and Conflict,” argues that the combination of environmental destruction, weak institutions, extreme poverty, and rapid population growth raise the risk of serious new trouble in the island republic.

“The catastrophic state of the environment is closely related to deep-seated institutional, political and governance problems,” said Bernice Robertson, ICG’s Haiti analyst. “Coherent national socio-economic development policies have been mostly absent, due to management and political limitations and the narrow interests of those holding economic power.”

Read the full story on the Inter Press site here.

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