In Haiti the link between ecosystem degradation and poverty is huge. The NLRC, as part of one of the biggest humanitarian network in the world, is trying to face this challenge by applying disaster risk reduction measures that target not only vulnerable communities but also their degraded ecosystems (Resilience Framework).
A major paradigm shift is needed to reach scale and real lasting impact on the ground, especially in heavy degraded areas, and within the Red Cross organization as a whole (Red Cross Movement).
This program is the fuse of this paradigm shift in the humanitarian sector by supporting the Netherlands Red Cross in kick starting a landscape restoration programme in Haiti to test and showcase a new approach, being the 4 Returns Approach integrated in the Resilience Framework, that can serve as the new operating model within the Red Cross Movement. The Netherlands Red Cross will do this in partnership with the Haitian Red Cross and 4 Returns Partners.
Key achievements are expected to be:
– Support of the Netherlands and the Haitian Red Cross in showcasing that landscape restoration using the 4R4R Approach is an effective strategy for disaster risk reduction and community development;
– Development and showcasing of a replicable, sustainable solution in Haiti for rural development and ecosystem restoration that similar organizations can learn from using the 4R4R Approach;
– Unlocking private capital from other investors through active support from Princess Margriet that in turn will unlock additional donor money for larger implementations of landscape restoration activities all over Haiti, thus causing a financial flywheel effect;
– Upscale and replication of the 4R4R Approach by local people and the stimulation of its adoption within the Red Cross movement, enabling wider application in other degraded areas worldwide;