Constanza, Dominican Republic.- The Environment Ministry and the Constanza Environmental Council on Thursday announced an agreement to fight environmental crimes and protect the forests in the highland region.
The announcement comes in the heels of a complaint by National Agricultural Producers Union (Unaproda) president Humberto Collado, that the authorities have failed to enforce the Environment and Natural Resources Law, affirming that poachers have ravaged the forests across the country.
The agreement entails the appointment of a team of technicians formed by Environment officials and environmentalists, who demanded enforce the ban on the expansion of farming, to avert further ecological damage.
The environmentalist also request an oversight of agricultural activities to halt faming near rivers and other water sources and asses agricultural areas adjacent to housing construction.
Deputy ministers Manuel Serrano and Dannerys Santana signed the agreement during a visit with other Environment officials.
Representing the Environmental Council were Johnny Marte, Maria Reyna Mena, Tulio Peguero, Amelia Rodriguez, Audrey Sanchez, Edwin Almonte, Frarman Garcia, Bismark Abud and the priest Francisco Jimenez.