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Botanical Garden for Santiago

President Danilo Medina issued Decree 215-17 that increases the area of the Professor Eugenio de Jesus Marcano Botanical Garden by a quarter of a million square meters by incorporating the Natural Monument Waterfalls of La Tinaja (Monumento Natural Saltos de la Tinaja).

The Santiago botanical garden will now have an extension of 651,665 square meters and will be used for the study, conservation and management of the diversity of species in the Cibao Valley and La Tinaja.

The decree also includes a new community park within the Botantical Garden called Manuel Arsenio Ureña. Likewise, the road between Prolongación Hatuey and Circunvalación Norte de Santiago is now to be called Avenida del Botánico José de Jesús Jiménez Almonte. The perimeters of the Santiago botanical garden are declared panoramic views and are now officially protected. As a result, any project or activity in this protected area must have authorization from the Ministry of the Environment.

The Natural Monument Waterfalls of La Tinaja is situated to the north of Santiago in the foothills of the Septentrional mountain range that runs along the northern coast. The plan is to protect a series of small waterfalls and the watershed of the Jacagua River.

Article 2 of Decree 215-17 provides for the application of the management and uses that will be permitted in this area according to the World Nature Union and includes scientific research, environmental monitoring, education, conservation of native species and ecotourism development.

The botanical gardens will be administered by a council that will be chaired by a representative of the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo in Santiago and will include members from the Ministry of Environment, the Ecological Society of the Cibao, the National Botanical Garden (in Santo Domingo), the Mayor’s office of Santiago, the provincial governors office, the senator for the province of Santiago, the Foundation for the Rescue of the Jacagua River and other entities.

Source: DR1

June 30, 2017

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