Haiti Infrastructure & Development S.A.M.

Contact Information

Steven E. Loken, Chairman          

7637 E. Calle De Las Brisas

Scottsdale, AZ  85255         

303 819-1761 

sloken@dmbinc.com

 

Organization Mission

Haiti Infrastructure & Development's mission is to bring economic vitality & prosperity to the country of Haiti, one watershed at a time.  To achieve this, HID is proposing extensive infrastructure improvements combined with an innovative Community Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) entity.   

 

Problems and/or Opportunities

The frailty of Haiti’s infrastructure & development has been exacerbated by numerous natural disasters, which also compound its social, cultural and economic poverties.  The island is routinely battered by hurricanes that generate life threatening & erosive wind, rain and flooding.

The UN estimates that the 2010 earthquake reduced the capital city of Port au Prince (PAP) to 20 million cubic meters of rubble.     

 

Potential Solution and Projects

Haiti Infrastructure & Developments (HID) strategic goal is to combine these liabilities of nature with science & engineering principles, to create a sustainable water & energy asset for the economic redevelopment of Haiti.

Approximately 70% of Haiti is mountainous, creating numerous and varied watersheds. Aquastat/FAOs Computation of Long-term Annual Renewable Resources by Country  Haiti, indicates that 23% of Haiti’s renewable water resources are internal or captured in the ground, while 77% are external, falling from the sky and washing out to sea.  HID selected the Riviere Grise watershed to study the potential value of this strategic goal because of its erosion, soil, population, road, irrigation & productive infrastructure vulnerability.  The benefits of hauling and depositing rubble, in a manner & location prescribed by engineers to create a micro-hydroelectric facility in this watershed are numerous.

A primary & immediate benefit is the removal of debris that has been obstructing PAPs recovery for over 2 years.  The overabundance of this construction material (debris) could translate into a potential construction cost benefit.

PAP depends almost entirely on its aquifers for drinking water despite their toxicity and diminishing capacity. This project will create a safe, renewable water supply with a modern distribution system. A public/private management authority for the watershed will be established to safeguard water quality and maintain a viable business model. Capturing and managing the flood waters and energy from hurricanes will create a large fresh water supply for drinking & hygiene. Furthermore, a consistent, year round irrigation supply will ensure increased crop yields & greater food security for the nation. FAO maps indicate that the targeted reservoir area is optimal because; 1) the slope of the land varies from 30% to 45%+ which is too steep for farming or settlement, 2) the population density ranges from 0 -10 persons per square kilometer, therefore; few, if any, Haitians will be uprooted from their homes by this project and 3) the rainfall in this area is very strong at 58-97 per year (excluding hurricanes).

The energy captured in the high altitude reservoir can be used to generate electricity through an environmentally friendly & sustainable micro-hydroelectric facility, which is immune to high oil/diesel prices.  A public/private management authority will be established to maintain the grid and ensure a viable business model. Haiti’s dependency on fuel imports to generate electricity translates into some of the highest energy costs in the Caribbean  for the poorest country in the Caribbean.

The micro-hydroelectric facility will only be successful if the watershed is properly managed. HID is proposing to engage the watershed community to ensure its success.  Local villages & commune governments will participate in a Community Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) entity funded by revenue from the micro-hydroelectric project. The CBNRM will create an economic engine to incubate social businesses to address the 12 poverties within the Riviere Grise watershed and beyond. These poverties include food, water, hygiene, healthcare, agriculture, silviculture, soil, security, gender security, energy, employment & earthquake stress.

 

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