The Amiga Island Ecological Foundation’s (AIEF) mission is to protect, preserve and enhance critically endangered ecosystems through four principle mechanisms:

  1. Advocating for environmental protection

  2. Education outreach within local fishing communities

  3. Scientific research of local impacts, and sustainable solutions

  4. Active reef restoration methods to safeguard ecosystem services for future generations


ADVOcation

We seek to facilitate local ecosystem-based management of coastal resources and establish a network of associated marine protected areas (MPAs) along the northern coast of Haiti. In addition to establishing MPAs, we are committed to raising public awareness regarding sustainable natural resource management, and we aim to augment existing economic opportunities and inspire local environmental stewardship.


EDUCATION

Through education, we believe that local Haitians can broaden their environmental perspective allowing them to form a positive and sustainable relationship with their local environment. Furthermore, we believe that through innovation and collaboration, local stakeholders can manage coastal resources in ways that maximize community benefit, and sustain these services for future generations. We aim for environmental resources to be managed locally, sustainably and in a way which brings communities together.


Research

As a project-based organization, we undertake and apply cutting-edge scientific methods to meet our targets, and achieve our long-term vision. It is AIEF’s mission to restore the local environment by using methods with clear measurements for success and furthermore we aim to facilitate cross-organizational and international communication to help advance the science and practice of restoration, particularly in developing counties and throughout the Caribbean where coastal resources are so intimately connected to everyday life.


Restoration

We work to conserve populations of critically endangered Staghorn coral (Acropora cervicornis) by growing fragments of remaining wild coral colonies across in-situ coral nurseries in northern Haiti. Mature Staghorn colonies are transplanted after 6-9 months to areas of coral reef that have been impacted by coral population decline. This practice aims to kick-start the restoration of local ecosystems by instantly creating healthy, living, coral reef habitat to the benefit of countless other species of marine life.

 

We envision the sustainable, ecosystem-based management of marine resources by local Haitian communities.

It is those who directly depend on these resources, such as subsistence fishers, local businesses, and coastal inhabitants who should have the power to protect and sustainably use their local environmental resources.

We envision a network of associated marine protected areas (MPAs) throughout Baie de l’Acul which will protect vulnerable coral reefs, Critically Endangered species, local fisheries, and the vital services these provide naturally. By acting as a beacon for international communication, particularly between Haiti and the Dominican Republic, we aim to safeguard threatened species on a broader scale, promote biodiversity across international borders, and promote the sustainable and equitable use of natural resources.

We envision healthy, resilient, locally managed ecosystems with increased yields and stability. We work towards a future where the establishment of natural reserves and MPAs preserve Haiti’s beautiful wilderness for generations to come. We see a future where critically endangered species and ecosystem biodiversity are championed in Haiti, increasing economic opportunity for local stakeholders and environmental stewards through passive-use recreation and sustainable resource management.