Polluted rivers, deforestation threaten Dominican water sources
Santo Domingo.- Pollution and deforestation threaten the future of fresh water sources, as well as the Dominican economy and quality of life of its people, for which the first international forum on contaminated rivers and climate change will start seeking solutions tomorrow Tuesday.
The UNPHU University Foundation (FUDPHU) and other institutions will hold seminars and workshops to deal with the threats to water resources, by forming a water table, with cooperation between public and private sectors, and nonprofit groups.
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and contributions by private companies will fund the table’s efforts to halt pollution and clean up the entire country’s watersheds, though the exact resources available has yet to be determined.
The water table will include companies whose products and operations are related to water, as is already creating awareness of their responsibility in its pollution, said FUDPHU project president Eugenio Garrido, vice president Raul Moya and coordinator María Clara Gaviria, quoted by listin.com.do.
Garrido said the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Nature Conservancy, GEF FEMSA, and the Latin American Water Funds Alliance also support the project. “The Fund, in addition to diagnose, aims to restore and recover the basin, without having to wait to for the State, and creating the culture for the sponsorship of basins”.
He said though significant, the country’s water resources lack proper care and preservation. “We don’t have zones without rivers, it’s just that they’re abused and polluted.”
They added that as many as major 12 rivers have disappeared, a situation they affirm is of concern because they also fed \major watersheds.
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