Long-term efforts to help Haiti recover from the earthquake will have to reverse environmental damage such as near-total deforestation that threatens food and water supplies for the Caribbean nation, experts say. The focus is now on emergency aid – Haitian officials estimate that between 100,000 and 200,000 people died in the January 12 quake. But President Rene Preval has urged donors also to remember the country's long-term needs. Experts say deforestation in Haiti stretching back to the Duvalier dictatorships – leaving the nation with less than 2 percent forest cover – contributes to erosion that undermines food output by the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. (Reuters)

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