Fire in Cabarete protected area
A fire affected a large area of the Laguna Goleta wetlands in Cabarete in the northern province of Puerto Plata on Tuesday 7 June 2016. El Nuevo Diario reports that local residents suspect it was started by fishermen to have easier access to the protected lagoon.
Suspicions have also been voiced that children playing in the area may have started a bonfire, which caused the blaze.
El Nuevo Diario reports that for some time now, the Cabarete lagoon has been invaded by groups of people with the support of environmental campaigners and politicians to claim land for tourism development.
Sosua Sustainable Development Association (ADSS) representative David Ferreras Jimenez said that the lagoon has suffered damage due to a lack of authority and political complicity. He mentions the cases of the former district director Gabriel Antonio Mora Ramirez (Canoa) and current director Raquel Sierra who have appealed to populism and backed invasions of lagoon areas, to the point of selling filled-in lots with no response from Ministry of Environment authorities in Puerto Plata. Environmentalist Michel Gay-Crosier, who is the president of the Cabarete Development Association (Adeca), has consistently denounced these actions.
June 10, 2016
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