Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic.- If the proposed Cibao-South highway is built from the northern part of San Juan province to Santiago, some of the Central Mountains' major water sources would undergo irreparable damage, said Environment Ministry Biodiversity and Wildlife director Jose Manuel Mateo, who urged the government to find another route.
"We aren’t opposed to the road’s construction, what we propose is to find another area which in no case affect Ramirez and Bermudez national park," the official said.
Speaking in the Environment Ministry’s Forest Conservation and Climate Change Workshop cohosted by the German Cooperation Agency (GTZ) and the Central American Environment and Development Commission (CCAD), Mateo said the road with even a tunnel can be built, but reiterated that the work would damage the water sources.
"I think it's a tremendous road, but if there’s no water for those sectors that would be a calamity," he said.
Mateo becomes the first government official to oppose the planned road announced by president Danilo Medina on February 27.