Following a direct request from the Government of Haiti (GoH) UNEP set up a country programme in 2008 to address the environmental degradation, extreme poverty and disaster vulnerability of the country, the poorest in the Western Hemisphere. UNEP developed a five-year plan, based on the GoH’s priorities, and set up a project office in Port-au-Prince with a core team of international and local staff, all equipped to implement a portfolio of diverse and practical projects.
The January 2010 earthquake, and the associated relief and recovery efforts of the UN, forced UNEP to radically change its plans. The organization implemented a range of short to medium term projects, mainly in energy, sanitation, resettlement planning and waste management in camps for Internally Displaced Persons. Simultaneously UNEP provided emergency-related technical assistance on a national scale. These projects were completed at the end of 2011.
In 2011 UNEP resumed its planning and implementation of long-term sustainable development projects in Haiti. As a result of a newly-developed set of GoH priorities and following the lessons learned by UNEP since 2008, this organization has analyzed the opportunities for intervention that will have a major and lasting impact on the country. Accordingly UNEP Haiti has developed a revised four-year strategy.
The UNEP Country Programme Office is located in Port Salut in the South Department. A small Liaison Office is be maintained in Port-au-Prince for the transnational programme, representation and logistical support.