Haiti-Related Projects

For students interested in knowing more about real-world sustainable development projects, the following are a few examples in Haiti.

Haiti Seismic Task Force

Researchers from the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) are leading the Earth Institute’s seismic response to the recent earthquake in Haiti. Earth Institute scientists are developing reports, creating maps, coordinating research and compiling datasets being used in relief efforts by the United Nations, Haitian government, and other international organizations for short- and long-term reconstruction planning.

There are two student internship openings associated with this project.

Haiti Regeneration Initiative

The Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN)  and the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions (CRED) are collaborating with Columbia’s Tropical Agriculture and the Rural Environment Program, the Columbia Water Center, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and other national and international institutions on an environmental restoration project in Haiti. The goal is the formation of a Haitian organization in charge of the implementation of the project. The role of CRED is to supply direct input for the development of a concept note and strategic plan based on an initial baseline study conducted by CIESIN.

The year-old project’s goal is to create the initiative’s communication strategy at local, national and international levels through raising environmental awareness, tailored education campaigns and research on decision making in the face of environmental, social and economic uncertainty. CRED will also support the research and design of the structure and responsibilities of a local watershed management committee. The overall aim is to guide a national movement of collective action and behavioral change toward sustainable ecosystem management through an integrated development project at the watershed scale

There is a student internship opening associated with this project.

Agricultural Needs/Production Assessment and Regional Prioritization Plan for Haitian Government, Suppliers, Donors and NGOs in Response to the January 2010 Haiti Earthquake

Tropical Agriculture and the Rural Environment Program
School of International and Public Affairs
Center for International Earth Science Information Network

This project involves:

  • Identification of possible supply chain bottlenecks and potential pathways to get fertilizers and seeds to the rural areas as fast and efficiently as possible
  • Summary of current agricultural production capabilities; estimation of outputs and cost/benefit analysis
  • Identification of the most suitable geographic areas for agriculture
  • Identification of crop species diversity and varieties suitable for Haitian environmental conditions, agriculture practices and possible methods of implementation; estimation of outputs and cost/benefit analysis
  • Identification of livestock and small animals that can be integrated in the Haitian agriculture system and possible ways to introduce
  • Identification of potential food-for-work programs that can support agriculture success (e.g. water harvesting systems and terraces)
  • Analysis of major malnutrition in Haiti
  • Mobilization and linking with other agriculture research institutes (e.g. CIAT, ILRI and other universities and private sector partnerships
  • Mapping of population distribution and displacement, land use, livelihood, crop production by department, geology and malnutrition rates
  • Mobilize and supervise students to work on the above

The Access Project

The Access Project seeks to improve the health of impoverished people, communities and countries. The Access model applies business and management skills to public health systems in poor countries to increase access to life-saving drugs and critical health services.