SOECI attributes drought to deforestation
In Santiago, Wednesday 6 April 2016, the Cibao Ecological Society (SOECI) blamed the current water crisis in the Dominican Republic to indiscriminate deforestation practices and destruction of the areas where the sources of the country’s main rivers are located.
SOECI executive director Luis Polanco told Diario Libre that the current situation was “very serious” and blamed the Ministry of Environment authorities for being too lax and unaware of the severity of the situation.
“We have reported on several occasions how our watersheds are being destroyed and the felling of trees in the forest areas and the areas close to the mountains where the sources of our rivers are located and the extraction of construction materials from the river beds,” said Polanco. He pointed out that if drastic measures were not taken, especially the enforcement of Environmental Law 64-00, the country would experience very difficult times, because there is less and less water available for urban communities as well as the rural sector. Blanco urged the government to create and implement a national contingency plan with the aim of raising water levels in the nation’s reservoirs while preventing the continual harvesting of trees in the forests, without proper replanting.
April 10, 2016
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