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Term National forests
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A forest used for protection, production or logging which is located on state-owned land.

In the Dominican Republic, there is no specific and up-to-date list of national forests. However, paragraphs I and II of Article 157 of Law 64-00 on Environment and Natural Resources provides that a national forest inventory of native forests must be carried out, and that-- until said inventory is complete-- logging, harvesting, sawmilling and industrialization of native trees is prohibited.1 The inventory must update information on:

1. Native forests in protected native areas.
2. Native forests under the protected category.
3. Native forests under the protected and production categories.
4. Native forests under the production category.
5. Artificial forests under the protected and production categories.

In 2010, the Ministry of the Environment, through the Quisqueya Verde National Plan, planted 11,400,000 trees of different species, which included mahogany, native pine, cedar, ceiba, oak and tamarin.2 Of these, about 130,000 were planted in the border area.3

As part of the activities in celebration of the International Year of Forests, the Dominican Republic created a document on the projects, programs and actions that will be implemented during the first half of 2011 for the preservation, protection and enhancement of forests.

1. Secretaría de Estado de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales. Ley general de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales 64-00. República Dominicana, 2000.

2. Hoy Digital. Cobertura boscosa  de RD creció 5.4% en 7 años [en línea]; 29 de Diciembre 2010. http://www.hoy.com.do/el-pais/2010/12/29/355927/Cobertura-boscosa-de-RD-crecio-54-en-7-anos (Retrieved: February 12, 2011).

3. El Nacional. Ven interés haitianos en plan reforestación [en línea]; 9 de Febrero 2011. http://www.elnacional.com.do/nacional/2011/2/9/74594/Ven-interes-haitianos-en-plan-reforestacion (Accessed: February 11, 2011)


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