Project: Artibonite Recovery

The Artibonite Recovery project addressed risk mapping and recovery planning in the aftermath of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, which caused massive devastation throughout Haiti’s southern provinces. Immediately following the earthquake, many residents of Port-au-Prince and other affected areas migrated northward to stay with relatives or search for housing. This project, undertaken with a team at Boston University led by Haitian graduate students and affiliates, addressed risk mapping for all of Haiti’s provinces. The focus, however, was Artibonite province, historically Haiti’s “breadbasket” and at that time under great pressure to absorb migrants as well as continue producing food for the nation. GIS maps included evaluations of hurricane and flood risks to determine which areas might need future support, and which areas were safest for potential resettlement.