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Climate change also threatens Dominican Republic’s mountains

Santiago, Dominican Republic.- Climate change is directly to blame for the erosion eating away the coastline, beaches and mangroves, which the Environment and Tourism ministries must deal with given the negative consequences for tourism’s sustainability and the development of impacted communities.

Key coastal areas and beaches are experiencing affects of climate change and erosion are visible in Dominican Republic’s Northeast and East regions, said Arthur Russel, biologist, ecologist and professor at PUCMM University, Santiago campus.

The warning came in his keynote speech “Impact of climate change on biodiversity” within the Scientific, Educational and Cultural Program, World Production and Ecotourism Fair, hosted by Santiago’s Science and Arts Foundation, taking place October 18 to 26, in the Parque Central.,

He said those areas are “very vulnerable” to climate change.

“The Dominican coastal areas in general are affected by climate change, specifically the Northeast and the East, I’d say some of the others, such as Nagua, are very vulnerable areas to flooding at sea level.”

Russel said the phenomenon is also affecting the mountainous areas with changes in temperature that can proven, “when we go to Jarabacoa and Constanza, (where) people say that today’s temperatures aren’t like before.”

Source: DT

Category: DR News |

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Last updated October 26, 2016 at 10:54 PM
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