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Amiga Island Ecological Foundation

Amiga Island Ecological Foundation

Cormier Plage resort, Cormier, Haiti

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About AIEF is a Haitian based non-profit focused on conservation, education and outreach, we work to restore local reefs and protect endangered species.
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Mission The Amiga Island Ecological Foundation’s (AIEF) mission is to protect, preserve and enhance critically threatened ecosystems through four principle mechanisms:

1) Advocating for environmental protection
2) Educational outreach
3) Scientific research
4) Active restoration methods based on the best available scientific practices.
Description The Amiga Island Ecological Foundation (AIEF) is a non-profit, Haitian based organization. AIEF was created to protect, preserve and enhance the local environment through education, scientific research and specific, place-based restoration projects. We were founded by two Haitian brothers who believe in safeguarding critically threatened ecosystems both for their intrinsic value as well as their incredibly vital ecosystem services.

We understand that a healthy ecosystem is the underlayment of a healthy economy and happy people, both worldwide and particularly for coastal communities here in Haiti. As a project-based organization we focus on utilizing the best available science for ecological restoration, working to protect and enhance local reefs. We advocate for marine protected areas, to make sure that the natural marine resources of Haiti can be enjoyed sustainably for generation after generation. AIEF advocates for and aims to facilitate equitable economic opportunities for local stakeholders, including subsistence fishers, local businesses and the communities they support.

Here in Haiti, we are also working to increase educational outreach capacity, specifically regarding environmental science and the concepts of sustainability. We believe education is one of the best tools for creating positive change. We focus on increasing public awareness of marine conservation solutions. In order to protect biodiversity and promote the sustainable management of local resources, AIEF works to facilitate scientific research, active restoration efforts and to organize and educate local stakeholders.

The major decline of coral reefs seen throughout the Caribbean and the issues faced by coral species around the globe are in many cases even more damaging in Haiti.

Take for example one of the primary reef builders: Staghorn Coral (Acropora cervicornis). This species, which used to be one of the most common corals in the Caribbean Sea, has gone through a rapid and dramatic

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