Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Dominican Republic Donates Trees To Reforest Haiti

Santo Domingo.– The Dominican Republic will donate trees and finance crews for a reforestation project along the barren border it shares with impoverished Haiti.

Both countries share the island of Hispaniola, but the Dominican Republic claims 33 percent of forest coverage compared with Haiti's 3 percent. Residents in Haiti continue to chop trees for wood and charcoal despite reforestation attempts from international groups.

Officials say they want to raise awareness about the border's dwindling natural resources.

Dominican Environmental Minister Jaime Fernández said that crews also will identify water sources that both sides can tap into for the project and for local use.

Source: Dominican Today

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