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      senate Committees
      Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
    IntroducedSeptember 25th, 2013

What is it?

This bill focuses on developing proposals that would help Armenia and Haiti regrow their respective forests to pre-1990s levels within 20 years. Haiti is 98% deforested. Armenia is 93% deforested. The bill would be funded by means of what is known as "debt-for-nature swaps," in which a nation's debt is partially forgiven by international creditors in exchange for conservation measures in that nation. A nongovernmental, third-party conservation group would work as a mediator between the creditors and the governments. 


If enacted, the bill would give trees to countries that have very few of them, in addition to teaching Armenians and Haitians conservation and sustainable agriculture practices.


A CBO cost is currently unavailable.

More Information

In Detail:

According to Armenian-American daily newspaper Asbarez, the bill would:

  • Encompass widely-accepted environmentally sustainable forestry and agricultural practices;
  • Improve forest governance in ways that engage and protect local communities and groups;
  • Enhance coordination among relevant Haitian and Armenian ministries and private organizations; and
  • Develop short- and long-term performance metrics to measure results, to include technology to monitor the results of conservation efforts.
  • AKA

    Haiti and Armenia Reforestation Act of 2013

    Official Title

    A bill to authorize the President to provide assistance to the Governments of Haiti and Armenia to reverse the effects of deforestation and restore within 20 years the extent of forest levels in Haiti and Armenia in existence during the year 1990, and for other purposes.