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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.

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Written by: zooma, 11 Mar 2016 9:33 AM
From: United States, and Dominican Republic

"agrees to protect" are only words. There has to be an active and highly visual enforcement of the environmental laws, especially in the protected forest regions.

I have traveled the parks in the south, Hoyo de Pelempito and Bahia de las Aguilas and to include transiting the mountains by 4x4 from San Jose de Ocoa to Constanza.

They were great passages. However, the only visual form of gov't activity were park employees taking your RD $100 entrance fee.

Where are the protectors ?

Written by: sweetbabyj, 11 Mar 2016 12:35 PM
From: United States
Slash and burn has destroyed half the new valley forest to plant more beans. Hills are usually very poor in soil quality and one or two seasons then abandoned. Take a drive up any mountain road and you will find hundreds of squatters tilling soil.
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