Prince Bernhard Nature Fund Supports Collaborative Conservation Initiative for Haitian Palms

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Prince Bernhard Nature Fund from the Netherlands has awarded a grant to Jardin Botanique des Cayes (Haiti), Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, and Florida International University to develop a conservation action plan for the most threatened palm from Haiti, Attalea crassispatha. The project is led by William Cinea (Director of the Jardin Botanique des Cayes) in partnership with Brett Jestrow (Fairchild) and Javier Francisco-Ortega (FIU-ICTB and Fairchild). The aims are to conduct field studies to determine current threats, to collect seeds to establish stocks for sustainability exploitation, to use molecular markers to determine current levels of genetic diversity, to develop an extensive outreach and educational program with local communities and farmers, and to expand ex situ conservation activities at the Jardin Botanique des Cayes. The projects builds in previous conservation initiatives targeting threatened palms from Hispaniola that involve botanists from the National Botanic Garden of the Dominican Republic.

 

Individual of Attalea crassispatha in semicultivated status in Southern Haiti. Fewer
50 individuals occur in their natural habitat.