Environmental violation affects Hispaniolan solenodon
Diario Libre reports today, Monday 24 November 2014, that the Ministry of Environment provincial department in Pedernales awarded a permit for farming of 200 tareas that fell within the limits of the National Jaragua Park in an area known to be inhabited by the Hispaniolan solenodon and other key species. After an initial investigation, the provincial director and person in charge of forestry resources were suspended without wages while an investigation into the case is carried out. The permit had authorized hand cutting of the area, but instead some 100 tareas in Las Mercedes were set ablaze and the habitat of hutias and solenodons was damaged. This is part of an area where researchers from the local Ornithological Society of Hispaniola and the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust from the United Kingdom have conducted important research into the habitat of these endangered species.
Ministry of Environment prosecutor Israel Trinidad said that important flora species had been affected. The permit was issued on 30 July at a cost of RD$10,000 to Manuel Herasme Mercedes. Diario Libre reports that press reports in 2006 linked the farm owner to a case of depredation inside the Lake Enriquillo National Park.
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