Santo Domingo.- Xstrata Nickel’s Dominican Republic operation (Falcondo) said Thursday the Loma Miranda area (central) doesn’t have the biodiversity and hydrological conditions to be declared a National Park.
In a technical report which also warns on legal issues facing the decision and notes that the bill pending in the Senate to turn the area into a National Park disregards several requirements stipulated in the on Protected Areas Law.
The report "technical information which disqualifies Loma Miranda as a National Park," Falcondo lists legal, hydrological and biodiversity arguments which "show that it is unreasonable to pretend to make the zone a protected area."
It affirms that the area’s flora is neither typical nor representative of the region’s biodiversity, since in its view, has a high presence of exotic, invasive and introduced varieties, so it’s not advisable to technical or economic efforts for preservation purposes.
As to water sources, the Canadian based miner calls the arguments from those who promote the National Park, based on its importance as a watershed, "simply overblown."
Quoted by elnacional.com.do, Falcondo calls claims that as many as 60 rivers and streams are born in Loma Miranda "exaggerated,” adding the only river is the Jagüey. “The other streams at Loma Miranda are dry riverbeds through which water runs only during times of continuous rain."