Santo Domingo.- Environment minister Francisco Dominguez on Friday reiterated that farming is barred in Valle Nuevo National Park and that, in the case of the existing cabañas, they'll be allowed to remain because there is no destructions. He said however that new constructions will not be allowed.
"Everyone (in Valle Nuevo) is taking out what's left and we expect that, maybe, in two months there'll be nothing left. We continue the dialogue, (but) what's very clear is that there will be no agriculture in Valle Nuevo. We look for alternatives but never, never, under any concept, will there be agriculture," the official said.
He also said the start of the plans to protect Los Haitises (northeast) and Bahoruco (southwest) national parks will be announced in the coming days.
Dominguez said judges and prosecutors are being asked to request prison in serious cases of environmental depredation.
He cited the case of Jarabacoa where he reiterated that, Pedro Antonio Basilis Wenceslao, Medrano Basilis and Wilson López felled trees to build various projects. "We're proceeding with civil sanctions against these people and criminal penalties are also sought."