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Earth Day: Scientists give Dominican authorities a failing grade

Santo Domingo.- The Dominican Republic today marks Earth Day, while the Academy of Sciences calls the country’s ecosystems seriously threatened, as evidenced by water shortages, major water sources polluted, lost or eroded soil, deteriorated watersheds, and the unchecked extraction of aggregates in most of the country’s rivers, “with the authorities’ indifferent gaze.”

It also cited the siltation of the parched dams and deteriorated highlands ecosystems, the razing of wooded areas with subsequent loss of biodiversity, poorly managed solid waste, high noise levels, and advancing desertification.

“Another problem is the absence of a plan on land use and serious threats to our National System of Protected Areas.”

“This is a serious and complex challenge which our country faces ahead, which is aggravated by being an island state with threats from the effects of climate change that coincide with predictions of rising sea levels and losses of large coastal areas.”

The Academy of Sciences also warns that the inability of government agencies to deal with those problems makes the situation even more it

It adds that the population feels powerless and unprotected, because it doesn’t see any authority able to protect the natural resources by enforcing the law on environmental crimes.

Source: DT

April 22, 2016

Category: DR News |

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