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Dominican Army sent to halt charcoal-trafficking to Haiti

Santo Domingo.- The Environmental Protection Service  (SENPA) and the Army will halt charcoal-smuggling across Dominican Republic’s southern border with Haiti, an announcement that comes just days after outlet diariolibre.com denounced the practice which jeopardizes forests and fauna.

In a press release the Environment and Defense ministries vowed to strictly control the practice which affects the forest cover in areas such as Barahona, Bahoruco and Independencia provinces .

Environment minister Bautista Rojas said SENPA agents will accompany Army troops on operations to the control charcoal-making and smuggling to Haiti and jointly patrol the tree farms authorized to manage timber.

“One of the Environment Ministry’s concern is in regards to charcoal and for this reason, this time with the Defense Ministry’s help, we’re taking steps to definitively correct that situation,” Rojas said.

He said his agency won’t just seize the charcoal and arrest the workers. “We’ll also file charges against those whose  business is illegal charcoal

Rojas added that SENPA has destroyed more than 1,000 charcoal-making sites just this year.

Source: DT

Category: DR News |

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