A blog site featuring the Haiti Project was started by post-baccalaureate fellow Keri Bryan (Ecology & Biodiversity C'12) under the direction of Biology Professor Deborah McGrath.
The university has a longstanding relationship with Partners in Health and Partners in Agriculture in Cange, Haiti. McGrath, Bryan and Jonathan Salazar (C'13) are currently assessing the possibility of entering into a partnership with long-term collaborators in Haiti, Zamni Agrikol (a sister organization of Partners in Health). The goal of this partnership would be to allow Sewanee to begin offsetting its carbon footprint, and at the same time allow for Haitian farmers to overcome the very high opportunity costs to reforesting their land, through a market mechanism called Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES).
Bryan is now in Haiti with Daniel Church (Environmental Policy C'11), who is a currently a Sustainability Fellow at Sewanee. They will take part this week in a three-day trip (on foot, with mules carrying water and food) with Haitian agronomists to complete a mapping project in the remote region of Boucancarre. This project was begun by Sean McKenzie (C'11), who traveled to Zamni Lasante (Partners in Health) in Cange in 2010 to start mapping ZL schools. Last spring, McGrath, Bryan and Will Watson (C'13) traveled to Cange to continue work on the project.
Follow and learn more about this project on the Haiti Project Blog Site.