Saturday, September 20, 2008

Dominican, Haiti Authorities To Plant Trees Together

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Santo Domingo .- The Dominican and Haiti republics will begin in October a plan to reforest the border area and protect the environment and natural resources of the whole island.

The Dominican minister of the Environment and Natural Resources, Jaime David Fernandez Mirabal and Haiti's Jean Marie Claude Germain yesterday signed the joint statement in Villa Anacaona, municipality Restauracion (west), which sets out actions aimed at improving environmental conditions on the island.

The Dominican Ministry of Environment said in a statement that it seeks concrete actions to manage shared water resources, arranging and conducting hydrographic surveys, and inventories of transboundary aquifers. It also provides measures to reduce risks of shortages of these resources, and adaptation to climate change impacts.

The document says the Environment Ministry will reforest through Quisqueya Verde starting early October with 10 binational brigades to reforest the area.

The two ministries will support the Transboundary Environment Program (PMT), in both countries with support from the European Union and encourage greater direct impact of actions to improve the quality of life of the inhabitants on both sides of the border.

Source: Dominian Today

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