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The country to seek World Heritage Site for National Park of the East

Santo Domingo.- Dominican Republic will ask UNESCO to designate the National Park of the East a World Heritage Site, and Mother of the Waters, in the Cordillera Central mountains, and Samana Peninsula, as biosphere reserves.

The information was provided Wednesday by Dominican ambassador to UNESCO, Laura Faxas, after a visit to Environment minister Bautista Rojas.

The officials also discussed the measures to bolster the Jaragua-Bahoruco-Enriquillo Biosphere Reserve (southwest) -designated as such by UNESCO in 2002- whose 5,770 square kilometer area features an ecosystem of stunning mountain, coastal and marine scenery and a large number of individual species ??.

The 310 square kilometers of the National Park of the East meanwhile, span from Bayahibe in the west to Boca de Yuma in the east, including Saona Island, with a subtropical rainforest, subtropical dry forest and a transitional forest. Its varieties include sea grape, mesquite, lignum vitae, cat’s claw and mahogany.

More than 110 species of birds have been identified thus far including eight varieties endemic to the island and 11 for the Caribbean. It is also home to the endangered mammal, manatee, and for dolphins.

Source: DT

Category: DR News |

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