Dominican Republic adds more than three dozen new PAs

SANTO DOMINGO — The Executive Branch of the Dominican Republic created 37 new protected areas, bringing Dominican Republic’s spaces reserved as a natural patrimony to 123, the Environment Ministry (Semarena) said in a statement to announce Decree 571-09, to be made public in an activity slated for Friday morning in the park Humedales (wetlands) del Ozama, in North Santo Domingo.

It said on that same day the Aniana Vargas Natural Park will be officially opened, in the community Hatillo, unit it said contribute the most original and natural wealth to the National System of Protected Wilderness Areas (SINAP).

The new protected areas are the Scientific Reserve La Salcedoa, located on the Loma El Peñón del Nuevo Mundo; Scientific Reserve Dicayagua, and the Biological Reserve Sierra Prieta, among others.

In addition the Biological Reserve Loma Charco Azul, a representative example of an arid forest and the transitional forest of the northern slopes and the National Park La Española, to conserve the immense cultural patrimony of the historical site La Isabela, Salto de la Jalda National Park, in Miches; National Park Sabana Grande, in Neiba Valley, and the Anacaona National Park in the eastern  Neiba Range

The Decree states that the creation of the Francisco Alberto Caamaño Deñó National Park, near Azua, “aims to conserve the only portion of the Central Mountain Range which borders on the Caribbean Sea.”

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