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Environmentalists Deliver Letter to Senate Seeking Modification of Los Haitises Boundaries
Dominican Republic, 6/26/2015

Various groups of environmentalists submitted a letter to the Senate expressing their concern over what they believe is happening with the National System of Protected Areas (SINAP in Spanish).

The letter exposes threats toward SINAP regarding the expansion of large-scale illegal coal and agricultural production; forest fires and illegal trade in flora and fauna.

According to Diario Libre’s online edition, the letter was motivated primarily by the boundary modifications of the Estero Hondo Marine Mammal Sanctuary in 2014 and the draft bill that seeks more changes to the boundaries of Los Haitises National Park, filed in the Senate on June 2, 2015.

The environmentalists conclude, by analyzing the mapping coordinates in the proposal, that although in net terms the surface is expanded, the majority of the increase is based on annexation of marine areas as well as land that is very close to communities, which may increase future conflicts.

They stressed the elimination of eastern and southern areas of the Park without stating a reason.

Finally, they made a call not to approve the change without publicizing more information on the issue and discussing it publicly and more broadly, mainly among the country’s  environmental and scientific community

The letter, dated June 18 and submitted on June 22, was addressed to Cristina Lizardo, President of the Senate and signed by leaders of the Academy of Sciences of the Dominican Republic, the Dominican Environmental Consortium, Moscoso Puello Foundation, the Jaragua Group, Eco and ½ Environment and DR SOS Environment.


Topic(s):    Forest resourcesProtected areasUse / land cover