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Dominican and Haitian government agree to protect the environment of the border jointly

Santo Domingo. – Dominican Environment minister Bautista Rojas and Haiti colleague Jean Francois Thomas on Thursday agreed to protect the border area jointly, by increasing forest coverage, vigilance and civic education as the priority.

The announcement comes just one day after the two countries agreed to link their electricity grids, in a effort to expand and consolidate Hispaniola’s the energy market.

The officials agreed that given their geographic location and vulnerability to natural disasters, both nations should focus on several areas.

Thomas said Port-au-Prince’s environmental agenda includes massive reforestation to restore his country’s seriously deteriorated vegetation and natural resources.

“However, without educating citizens on the environmental, we cannot plant trees, it would be in vain. So a massive education campaign begins, and the work that you are doing from the Dominican Environment Ministry is very successful,” the official told Rojas.

Rojas said Santo Domingo aims to help its neighbor to on environmental initiatives, and asks to include that issue in the bi-national commission’s agenda. “The borders are more than policies and we’re aware that what happens in one country goes into the other. The border area is of strategic importance to us and we in fact have specific actions all along the border.”

Source: DT

Category: DR News |

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