- Thursday, 26 July 2012 10:34
- Written by The Office of the President
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) – On Thursday President Michel Martelly distributed 21 ATVs, 50 lamps and uniforms financed by the Inter-American Development Bank to the Haitian Environmental Surveillance Corps. In a ceremony at the National Palace the President reaffirmed one of his five priorities, the environment.
Thursday, July 26, 2012: President of the Republic, His Excellency Mr. Michel Joseph Martelly, conducted this Wednesday, July 25, 2012, at the National Palace, the distribution of twenty-one (21) all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) to the Environmental Surveillance Corps (CSE).
The ceremony was attended by some members of the Government, the Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations, representatives of the diplomatic corps, international organizations, Parliamentarians and actors working in the environmental field.
Dieunord Joseph, spokesman for the beneficiaries, thanked, on behalf of the CSE, the Head of State for his involvement with this entity and said of his support for strengthening the body in its efforts toward the protection of the environment.
The Environment Minister, Joseph Ronald Toussaint, has demonstrated his commitment to work towards improving the environmental system of Haiti. Mr. Joseph gave assurance of rational use of the Polaris vehicles and the opportunity to present some achievements of his ministry. He also promised President Martelly more work to stay on the path of progress.
The Head of State, for his part, thanked the Interamerican Development Bank (IDB) for financing the purchase of equipment that will enable the Government to restore the environmental health of the country. The President of the Republic took the opportunity to condemn the laxity and carelessness of previous regimes in environmental policy.
“In the environmental point of view, our country is sick, very sick and we are condemned to restore its health …” said President Martelly who distributed fifty (50) lamps and uniforms as much to the CSE.
The Head of State has made the environment a priority area of its governance as part of its program of “5 E”, believes that the CSE will help prevent the country from falling below the threshold of 3% ground cover.
“… We feel shock when, flying over our land, we have under our eyes the spectacle of bare hills, little else than their carcasses stones,” said the Head of State.
President Michel Martelly reiterates his willingness to make every effort to ensure that the environmental situation changes positively and the country regains its former glory.