IWCAM-Review of Policy, Legislation and Institutional Structures
Theese activities have destroyed mangrove and seagrass habitats and generally diminished coastal water quality. They have even affected the productivity of Caribbean fisheries. The rapid decline in forest cover due to illegal clearing will inevitably reduce rainfall percolation and result in soil erosion and sedimentation affecting water quality and quantity. Much of this clearing is done directly above water catchments areas. For Haiti, the forest represents less than 2 % of the total surface of the country. Indeed Haiti provides a good example of the critical need to manage the marine environment.
12 Apr 2010