La Selle

La Selle became Haiti’s first biosphere reserve in 2012. Encompassing the Massif de la Selle and Pic de la Selle (2684m), it serves as an ecological corridor in the south of Hispaniola, marked by high levels of endemism.

La Selle Biosphere Reserve in Haiti has implemented a successful reforestation and community inclusion project, engaging with local people to improve their living conditions and protect endemic species of pine trees and birds, such as the Black-capped Petrel (Pterodroma hasitata). The Spanish International Cooperation Agency for Development (AECID) and the Spanish National Parks Agency (OAPN) have also supported the country through an ecosystem restoration programme.

Learn more about the reforestation programme and hear the whistle of the Petrel by listening to the podcast with Adam Brown and Sultan Jean Robert.

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Podcast La Selle Haiti
In this podcast you will hear the whistle of the Petrel that lives at the la Selle Biosphere Reserve.

Saving the little devil

With 1,000 pairs left in the wild, the shift towards agro-forestry has inspired plans to restore the habitat of the black-capped Petrel or Diablotin (Pterodroma hasitata). This cause unites farmers and birds and is celebrated in festivals and murals.


Reforesting the Hills

Centuries of agriculture and intensive use of forest resources have left Haiti's territory without forest cover and with high levels of erosion. Forests currently cover only 13% of the country. La Selle includes the ‘Forêt-des-pins’, Haiti’s only pine reserve which is home to the endemic Hispaniola pine (Pinus occidentalis). Reforestation plays an important role in reducing the impacts of floods and hurricanes.

3,800 people

La Selle is only 15 km from Port-au- Prince. The 377,221 ha biosphere reserve covers 8% of Haiti’s land area and some of its coastal waters.