Visit to environmental protection projects
UNDP is collaborating with the local authorities in Les Cayes and Acul River on projects to reduce the risk of flooding that can destroy crops and homes.
The projects are targeted towards important preventive activities, including the construction of dikes and improvement of water channels and drainage.
During the visit, Crown Prince Haakon was given an introduction to the work being done, and had the opportunity to plant a seedling – as a symbol of the large-scale reforestation efforts in the area.
In the evening, the Crown Prince attended a dinner with a group of woman leaders from the government authorities, private sector and civil society in Port-au-Prince.
Crown Prince Haakon was appointed Goodwill Ambassador for UNDP in 2003. In his work on behalf of the organisation, the Crown Prince has focused special attention on the UN Millennium Development Goals – the eight goals that the international community has committed itself to achieving by 2015.
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