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A Haitian experience of collective and citizen actions to protect the environment

This sheet is the result of the capitalisation of Sarah Hopsort, international solidarity volunteer at Frères des Hommes with the partner MPP.

This fact sheet looks at Sarah’s experience in supporting citizen committees. Citizens’ committees aim to build actions to protect their environments in a sustainable way. The central issue is twofold : social and environmental. It is a question of encouraging social links between actors who are not necessarily used to working together, while implementing concrete actions for their communities in order to safeguard the environment.

The idea behind this approach is that it is necessary to strengthen the social fabric in order to make possible the willingness to act together and to take collective responsibility. This makes even more sense in a society like Haiti, where the strong economic difficulties of each individual tend to discourage people from joining collective dynamics.

It is structured as follows :

 Citizens’ committees : an innovative formula for collective action to protect the environment through citizen involvement
 What is a citizens’ committee ? Who are they made up of ?
 What we did and how : methodological steps and tips
 How does this approach allow for the inclusion of citizens who are usually left out ?
 Positive points from this experience according to Sarah, volunteer and accompanier of the experiment