Haitian Marine Biologist Wins Environmental Activism Prize
Jean Wiener, a Haitian marine biologist has just won a very prominent environmental activism prize in the U.S.
Wiener, who has in the past fought to create a national park so as to protect a large area of Haiti’s north coast, was given a Goldman Environmental Foundation prize for his efforts in ensuring that the first Haitian Marine Protected Areas had been established while working with the local communities so as to promote sustainable practices when it comes to fishing as well as preserve mangrove forests.
While awarding the $175,000 award to Wiener, the Goldman Foundation highlighted the efforts that he has made in ensuring that poverty is eradicated in Haiti. In addition to that, the foundation also highlighted Wiener’s efforts in ensuring that political instability in Haiti is a thing of the past.
Wiener, who is currently 50 years old, was honored alongside five other individuals who were also awarded for their work in a ceremony that was held on Wednesday in Washington, for a campaign which he initiated that led to the creation of Three Bays National Park, which covers 30,000 square miles. The park stretches from the countries Haitien city to the border with Dominican Republic.
The park, which was created back in 2014, helps in protecting a vulnerable eco-system of over-fished water in the country’s bays of Caracol, Fort Liberte, and Limonade.
While speaking to Reuters News Agency, Weiner stated that the coastal ecosystems trifecta, “makes it probably Haiti's most productive coastal system in terms of marine life and fish nurseries.”