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Santo Domingo.- The United Nations Program for Development (UNPD) last night said the country could have as much as 60 percent less water in the next 100 years, which would directly affect Dominican Republic’s nourishment security.

In the National Report On Human Development 2007-2008 "Fight against climatic change: Solidarity in front of a divided world," the UNPD said an analysis of climatic conditions from 1961 to 1990, climatic scenarios and models were designed on which it based the predictions for the country.

It said the temporal horizon includes 2010, 2030, 2050 and 2100, and the three climatic scenarios analyzed are known technically as CSRT (benign), ECH4 (average) and HADCM2 (more dramatic).

It stresses that the most extreme model predicts that the country’s hydric volume  could fall up to 60 percent, which would drastically lower the availability of water for the urban population and its use in agriculture, negatively affecting the attainment of two of the Millennium’s Development  Objectives, linked directly with nourishment the security and the environment.

"These models have allowed establishing that the general tendency of the climate in the next 100 years is towards heating and drought," said the four-chapter report presented last night in the PUCMM University.

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5 comment(s)
Written by: Escott, 11 Dec 2007 10:27 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Cabrera and Sosua a 2 days a month for payday
This sounds funny when we are getting drenched in rainfall as I read this.
Written by: time2rize, 11 Dec 2007 4:42 PM
From: Dominican Republic
Written by: Escott, 11 Dec 2007 10:27 AM
"This sounds funny when we are getting drenched in rainfall as I read this."

lol ill cosign to this!
Written by: 37583, 11 Dec 2007 8:59 PM
From: United States
Devastating climate predictions such as these need to be met with drastic measures. The government needs to consider all possible options including desalination which the Spaniards and Israelis are very successful at.

From 37583
New Haven
Written by: PuntaCanaMike, 12 Dec 2007 6:11 PM
From: Dominican Republic
Actually, most Dominicans are very frugal with water....BUT....with the influx of modern world abuse and lack of concern I can see the days of running taps at full force for 3 minutes while a wealthy Dominimerican brushes thier teeth, at the same time....watering thier lawns in the mid day sun.
Written by: droarty, 13 Dec 2007 6:05 PM
From: United States
I also wonder what part of the change is due to local deforestation versus global issues. And will reforestation be of much help? When I worked as a water engineer in the San Juan valley I heard many accounts from old timers of how the springs at the foot of the mountains had dried up over the years after the forests were wiped out.

I know reforestation is a reasonably high priority now but could a more concerted effort change the drought pattern?
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