Local Economy against Poverty

08/06/2014 inField news, Illustrate
The first carbon footprint of the Northern PAD-Haiti Project is a success

Since 2013, Agrisud and its Haitian partner Gradimirh have been supporting the project “Sustainable management of Limbé’s watershed and measuring the environmental impact of farming activities  in Northern Haïti”. The French Development Agency (AFD) and the Aquitaine Region have been financing this project. Its goal is to sustainably manage and valorize the watershed while taking into account the development of farming sectors and protecting natural resources.

With the support of its partners Etc.Terra, the IRD and the State University of Haiti, an assessment of the carbon footprint was conducted. It shows that implementing such a project has led to reduced emissions, especially carbon sequestration, with a net balance of 22,437 tCO2-eq over 400 ha in 20 years. Reported per hectare, this project represents a net profit compared to the baseline scenario if the project hadn’t been implanted: 2.8 tCO2-eq / ha / year. It’s a great performance.

This first estimate shows that a development project can have a significant and synergistic impact in terms of climate change mitigation and preservation of natural capital.