Haiti, coastal, marine
Born and raised in Haiti, Jean has worked on environmental issues in general, and on coastal and marine issues in Haiti in particular since 1991. In 1992 Jean founded Haiti’s first coastal and marine environmental non-profit the Fondation pour la Protection de la Biodiversité Marine (FoProBiM) and retains his position at the head of the organization. As the Executive Director of FoProBiM he specializes in coastal and marine sciences, environmental monitoring and management, and community development, and has executed a wide range of projects including resource assessments, association building, environmental rehabilitation, community needs evaluations, as well as pure scientific research for institutions as diverse as the Ministry of Environment of Haiti, the UN (UNEP, UNDP, UNESCO, UNOPS), USAID, IDB, NOAA, and the OAS to name but a few. He is also the national focal point in Haiti for the International Coral Reefs Initiative (ICRI), the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Network (WIDECAST), the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN), NatureCaribe, and several International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) specialist groups among others. He has established contacts at all levels throughout most of Haiti and is considered the national reference point for all things coastal and marine. He is Haiti’s most awarded environmentalist with awards from Condé Nast, two from the Whitley Fund for Nature (presented by HRH Princess Anne), the Erick Eckman Award (Haiti’s first ever environmental award presented by the President and the Minister of Environment), the Goldman Environmental Prize for Islands and Island Nations (2015), the California Academy of Sciences (Conservation Hero, 2016), the Sierra Club (Ocean Hero, 2016), and the Republic of France (Knight in the Order of Agricultural Merit, 2018). He holds a Bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut, USA.