YSL Founder/President Greg Cronin is an applied ecologist at the University of Colorado Denver. Restoring and protecting ecosystem services in Haiti is a necessary part of improving the livelihood of Haitians.
During his first trip to Haiti, he created a program to revegetate an IDP camp with vetiver grass. Here is a short video about the project.
In 2013, Greg and YSL VP Dimitri Napoleon partnered with Jean Wiener, Director of the Fondation pour la Protection de la Biodiversite Marine (FoProBiM) to assess the health of the Trou du Nord watershed. This work helped establish the 230,000 acre Parc Marin des Trois Baies. Mr. Wiener has worked to protect Haiti’s coastline for decades, testament to what long, dedicated work can achieve. YSL is proud to work with him, and congratulate him on his Whitley Gold Award for conservation and Goldman Environmental Prize. Learn more about it here: http://whitleyaward.org/winners/conserving-haits-coastlines/
Yon Sel Lanmou created an Environmental Scholarship in Jean Wiener’s name. We congratulate Alexandra Pierre for receiving the 1st Jean Wiener Environmental Scholarship, that she will use to finish her Masters degree in Water and Environment from Haiti State University. She posted this on her Facebook page “I hope one day I will become a female “Jean Wiener” in the marine field, as the ocean has always been my passion as a young scientist.”