We often hear how Haiti is terribly deforested, but I don't often think about what that means or what that looks like. I recently read that only 2% of Haiti is still forested. (As opposed to 60% in 1923.)
From Wikipedia: "The most direct effect of deforestation is soil erosion. An estimated 15,000 acres (61 km2) of topsoil are washed away each year, with erosion also damaging other productive infrastructure such as dams, irrigation systems, roads, and coastal marine ecosystems. Soil erosion also lowers the productivity of the land, worsens droughts, and eventually leads to desertification, all of which increase the pressure on the remaining land and trees."
I have written before about the flooding we get with hurricanes (or even a good rain) and what that looks like. But when we took an MAF flight to the states a couple of weeks ago we flew over Haiti at a low altitude and I was reminded what that statistic looks like from above.
Thought I'd share.