Santo Domingo.- Environment minister Bautista Rojas on Thursday stressed sustainable forestry’s importance to generate wealth and as one of the planet’s most valuable ecosystems, containing around 70% of the Earth's biodiversity.
The official, who spoke in an activity to mark World Forests Day, said forests also provide a host of environmental benefits and services, which through responsible management means a way of life for their inhabitants.
Rojas headed a walk by Environment Ministry staff and personalities from Santo Domingo province through the woods at North Mirador Park and opened the exhibit "Forests and Climate Change" that features images and information on the functions and benefits for the environment and for humanity.
The official also spoke with dozens of students from ??Villa Mella where a Gri-Gri tree was planted as a symbol to mark the occasion. “Forests also provide key assets such as timber, minerals, food, medicine, natural resources and recreational spaces the same as beaches, rivers and mountains.”