When Anderson Jean volunteered to assist visiting researchers with a biological inventory of Haiti’s Macaya National Park, he had no idea that it would lead to a remarkable period of professional accomplishments that would result in protections for the country’s most elusive plant and animal species. That experience in 2006 set him on a path to become a leading environmental conservationist in Haiti, working with local communities to safeguard the country’s biodiversity.
“There is much value in what endures, as well as hope for species in the most tenuous circumstances. My dream is to make people understand the biological richness of this country … and how we can make things better for Haiti,” said Jean.
In recognition of his conservation work, Jean will receive the 2022 Bright Award, Stanford’s top environmental prize, presented to an individual or group for their outstanding work in preservation and sustainability.