Professor Laura Kuhl recently traveled to Port-au-Prince, Haiti to launch a new research project on the design of Haiti’s climate policies.
The research, funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), will examine climate change investment priorities in Haiti, and synergies and tensions between mitigation and adaptation goals. The research will be conducted as part of a larger UNDP project designed to support the government of Haiti to access international climate finance.
“Haiti is the only least developed country in the Western hemisphere,” said Kuhl, assistant professor of public policy and urban affairs and international affairs. “It is very vulnerable to natural disasters, including the impacts of climate change, and faces significant environmental degradation caused by over-exploitation of forest, soil, and water resources. Despite these challenges, Haiti seeks to tackle climate change in a systematic way, even in a context of very limited financial resources.”
During her trip, Kuhl met with partners at UNDP who will be implementing the project, as well as representatives from the Haitian government. On Dec. 19, 2017, UNDP hosted an official launch event for the project, attended by stakeholders from government, private sector and nonprofit organizations as well as representatives from the Green Climate Fund—the primary international fund for climate, based in Seoul, South Korea. Kuhl presented on the research project and collaboration with UNDP.
The project is a collaboration between Northeastern University’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and the Fletcher School at Tufts University.
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