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           The risks of continued deforestation for both countries of Hispaniola are significant. Haiti
           is ranked as one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to climate change, and it’s
           susceptibility to flooding, droughts, hurricanes, earthquakes, and landslides threaten to
           extend to its closest neighbor, the Dominican Republic.

           While it is still not too late to save important habitats across the island, it will require a
           long-term, comprehensive approach be put in place. As long as the demand for charcoal
           is so vast and the poverty of rural populations on both sides of the island so pervasive,
           stricter enforcement of forestry laws and “ecological” charcoal substitutes alone are not
           enough to address the escalating deforestation. A comprehensive solution requires a
           collaborative Dominican-Haitian approach that recognizes that deforestation will have
           dire consequences for the entire island.

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