The Haiti Program of the Earth Institute is led by Tatiana Wah, a professor at the New School in New York (on leave), where she is a renowned scholar and practitioner of Haitian economic and social development. Since last year, Wah has led the Earth Institute’s efforts from a base in Port-au-Prince, where she works daily with the President, Prime Minister and other government leaders. Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute, and Professor Wah advise the Government of Haiti on a range of strategic issues and have prepared several key documents for the government during the past year, both before and after the earthquake. Professor Sachs is also advising the United Nations Secretary-General and United Nations agencies on Haiti-related issues, including in the post-earthquake crisis.
The Earth Institute established a Haiti Reconstruction Task Force in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake to share information and coordinate the Haiti-based activities of different Earth Institute and Columbia initiatives. Task Force members focus on both short- and long-term scientific and programmatic guidance to government and other institutions in a variety of fields. The Seismic Team, led by geophysicist Art Lerner-Lam, works alongside the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the Haitian government to produce immediate scientific guidance on seismic risks; in the medium-term, the group will produce sophisticated multi-hazard risks assessments.
The Haiti Regeneration Initiative, which involves the Earth Institute’s Center for International Earth Science Information Network’s (CIESIN) Marc Levy, the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions (CRED) and the UN Environment Program, works with the Haitian government to restore ecosystems and livelihoods based on sustainable natural resource management tools. In public health, the Mailman School of Public Health’s National Center for Disaster Preparedness and external collaborators such as Partners in Health and NYU Medical Center provide critical strategic guidance to government and identify potential problems, gaps and opportunities for synergy.
Thanks to the strong commitment of our key partner, the Green Family Foundation, which has a long history of working in Haiti, the Earth Institute’s crucial work in the country will continue to make an impact and will effect great change in the lives of the people of Haiti.
If you have an interest in supporting the Earth Institute’s efforts toward long-term development and reconstruction in Haiti, please contact Gregory Fienhold at email@example.com or (212) 854-3035. You can also make an online donation.