Education and conservation are supported by an active program in scientific research. In collaboration with scientific research institutions and universities, both within Haiti and abroad, SAH has initiated studies to identify natural areas of high conservation value, better understand native ecosystems and develop strategies to reverse rates of habitat and biodiversity loss. New species, expanded populations of known species and new natural forest habitats are being discovered that confirm the unique biological richness of the island and the high stakes of losing it if Haiti’s continuing environmental degradation is not reversed.
Our education focus is oriented toward increasing awareness among children and adults on the need to conserve natural areas of the country and to give our members the tools necessary to understand and act as responsible citizens and a friend of nature. Our main activities include the production of educational material, organizing and attending conferences and fora, assisting nature camps and leading nature walks, training teachers, technical assistance, institutional strengthening and the promotion of best environmental management practices. SAH is committed to developing local groups in high conservation value areas with the tools they need to be better stewards of their natural resources.
Our conservation strategy is directed by our focus on identifying the habitat needs of Haiti’s threatened flora and fauna. One of our goals is to support conservation and ecological restoration by creating wealth and sustainable livelihoods among local communities as stewards of our natural world. Our approach includes conservation planning, support of guards, guides and their local communities; the development of Important Birds Areas (IBAs) and Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) and their management; efforts to assist the Haitian government in determining potential protected areas; and support of legislation that fosters the conservation of Haiti’s natural heritage.