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The valley's watershed provides vital ecosystem services on which the socio-economic development of one of the poorest areas of the Dominican Republic and Haiti depends. These services have been adversely impacted by deforestation, inappropriate land-use, and harmful agricultural practices, which cumulatively have resulted in severe land degradation and threats to water resources.
-  Government of the Dominican Republic, Government of Haiti, United Nations Development Programme and Oxfam-Quebec. Reducing conflicting water uses in the bi-national Artibonite River basin through development and adoption of a multi-focal area Strategic Action Programme (UNDP Project Document), retrieved October 28, 2010.
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