Member Type Non Governmental Organization

Fondation pour la Protection de la Biodiversite Marine (FoProBiM)



Jean W. Wiener

Background Information

Founded 20 years ago, our work with environmental stakeholders is based on a simple philosophy: “never to impose, but to propose”; to search for solutions together, and work together to achieve them. Through hands-on activities we create the settings in which people can learn how the marine and coastal environments are being negatively impacted by human activities as well as how they can develop and implement solutions to the problems they find. In the end, it is the stakeholders who will decide whether or not to implement an action and, more importantly, whether or not it will succeed.

FoProBiM’s objectives include: (i) raising awareness concerning needed changes in regulations and attitudes concerning the environment in general and the marine environment in particular; (ii) increasing knowledge and capabilities at the government, community and individual levels in order to make sustainable improvements in the coastal and marine environment and the lives of people, and (iii) to conduct educational programs as well as scientific research, including environmental monitoring, in order to promote a better understanding, and through this, the improved management and sustainable use of resources.

In its ongoing efforts to monitor and protect Haiti’s marine environment, FoProBiM works with coastal area inhabitants including farmers, fishers (fishermen and fisherwomen) and those making use of coastal and marine environments through a wide variety of sectors such as tourism, transportation, marketing, sea-food processing, etc. Currently we are capable of providing various types of expertise including project design, management, and execution in the fields of education, advocacy, scientific, and technical training and support.

FoProBiM works with peer organizations throughout the world to promote the wise use and conservation of fisheries, mangrove forests, and coral reefs, and to deal with concerns about pollution and sedimentation issues affecting the coastal and marine zones. We also collaborate with many international organizations, such as the Haitian Ministry of Environment, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the Inter-American Development Bank. the Whitley Fund for Nature (WFN), the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and of course the International Coral Reefs Initiative (ICRI) among many others. As well as being Haiti’s only NGO member of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) we are also one of the Caribbean focal points for IUCN – The World Conservation Union World Commission on Protected Areas – Marine.

FoProBiM also organizes beach cleanups involving volunteers and diverse institutions in the private sector to learn the origins of marine debris and to reduce the damage to coastal systems and tourism revenues that results when man-made debris enters the marine environment. We monitor Haiti’s marine environment by tracking events such as jellyfish blooms and coral bleaching, and maintain information on the status of manatees, sea turtles, mangroves and coral reefs.

Last Updated: 7 May 2020