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Term Forest cover
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Areas with woody vegetation commonly referred to as forests. In some cases, those areas include forest plantations.

In the Dominican Republic, the current forest cover is between 30% and 33% of the territory, which shows a significant increase compared with 27.52% of existing forest cover in 1998. This is a good indication of the gradual recovery of the country's forests, which is attributed largely to reforestation programs such as the Ministry of Environment’s Quisqueya Verde National Plan, through which 11,400,000 trees of different species were planted in 2010.1, 2

The Ministry of Environment has declared 2011 the International Year of Forests, a move intended to encourage the protection of forests, increase forest cover and reduce deforestation and soil erosion.

1Gonzalez, R. Cobertura boscosa de RD creció 5.4% en 7 años. Hoy digital  [en línea] 2010.http://www.hoy.com.do/el-pais/2010/12/29/355927/Cobertura-boscosa-de-RD-crecio-54-en-7-ano> (Consulta: 22 feb. 2011)

2Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales; UASD (Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo); PNUMA (Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Medio Ambiente). Informe GEO República Dominicana 2010: Estado y Perspectivas del Medio Ambiente; PNUMA: Santo Domingo, D.N., 2010, p. 95-112.


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PhotoCobertura boscosa del parque nacional Los Haitises
Topic  BiodiversityForest resourcesEnvironmental managementProtected areas