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Haiti: A Pathfinder to Post-Earthquake Responses for Environmental and Natural Resources


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Map of Haiti Earthquake ZoneOn January 12, 2010 the country of Haiti experienced a 7.0 magnitude earthquake resulting in high levels of death, injury, property damage, and harm to the environment and natural resources. This damage was most focused in Port-au-Prince, Jacmel and other settlements in the region. Background and updated information on the earthquake and environmental matters in particular can be found at the UN's OneResponse page for the Environment.

The Spring Semester 2010 Environmental Law Seminar class members at the University of South Carolina School of Law voted to engage in applied research on post-earthquake Haiti's environment as their group project for the semester. They are working with lawyers in the Environmental Law Institute International Programs (ELI) office, the Haitian non-governmental organization KONPAY's environmental experts, and other experts. The students intend their research to be helpful to those on the ground dealing with the tragedy and its aftermath.

This website is one of the class products, and provides available links (as of Spring 2010) to various resources and developments that can help specifically with responses that will benefit Haiti's vital environmental and natural resources. It provides links to laws and pages regarding specific environmental issues and organizations that are working to address the issues. We welcome additional suggestions through May 2010.

Environmental Laws of Haiti in English (courtesy of ELI) [PDF]

Quick Links to Organizations and Other Information

Resources by Issue

For more detailed resources, please see:

Image credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


This project was researched primarily by the Spring 2010 Environmental Law Seminar students at the University of South Carolina School of Law: Victor A. Dorobantu, Erin Kee, Daniel Y. Lee, Katherine M. Malloy, W. Guy Quinn, William R. Timmons IV, Amanda B. Turner. They were supervised by Professor Kim Diana Connolly, and assisted by librarians Terrye Conroy, Rebekah Maxwell and Stephanie Marshall. Coordinating partners were certain staff of the Environmental Law Institute, Konpay, the University of South Carolina Moore School of Business, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Technical assistance with web design was provided by USC School of Law webmaster Tobias Brasier. All questions or comments regarding the pathfinder should be directed to Professor Connolly. Broken links should be reported to lawweb@law.sc.edu. This website is NOT intended as legal advice, and particularized analysis by professionals should be sought wherever appropriate. It is current as of March 26, 2010.