Disney Conservation Fund Provides Emergency Support for Plant Conservation at Botanic Garden of Cayes, Haiti

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Javier Francisco-Ortega, Professor of Biological Sciences from the FIU Department of Biological Sciences, with an official appointment at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, has received a $5,000 grant from the Disney Conservation Fund's Rapid Response Program to provide post-hurricane Mathew assistance to the Botanic Garden of Cayes, Haiti. This botanic garden is the only botanical institution of Haiti and has a mission to effectively conserve Haitian endemics in its living collections. In October 2016, Hurricane Mathew brought extensive damage to to all of the facilities and infrastructure of this garden. This emergency grant will help to restore the basic irrigation system, helping to provide the necessary resources to maintain this rare collection of plants. The grant is administered through the FIU-Foundation and the FIU International Center for Tropical Botany and its activities are undertaken in partnership with William Cinea (Director of the Botanic Garden of Cayes) and Brett Jestrow (Herbarium Curator of the Garden), they are both leading several conservation projects focusing on the highly threatened endemic flora of Haiti.