One of the most striking things about flying over northern Haiti is what is not there - the trees. In the city streets you will find dozens of men pushing wheelbarrows stacked high with charcoal, remnants of the once heavily forested areas.
Without the protective canopy and stabilizing deep root systems of forests, soils become dangerously susceptible to landslides, heightening the potential for more ‘natural’ disasters resulting from human activity.
The image above was shot this morning as I travelled from Cap Haitien to Port-au-Prince.
Political boundaries are not often visible from the sky, however the satellite image below is of the Haiti - Dominican Republic border showing the stark contrast of forest cover.
Photograph courtesy NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio