Samaná, Dominican Republic.- Dominican Environment minister Bautista Rojas met with tourism project developers and residents in Portillo and Las Terrenas, in the northeastern region of the country, to ensure they don’t harm the area’s fragile ecosystems.
With plenty of wetlands, Samaná is one the nation’s protected areas. Wetlands are considered sanctuaries for nesting birds and shelters for various animal species. They also function as estuaries and of fresh water reservoirs for human use, and filter solid waste.
Rojas’ visit to Samaná protected areas is part of his weekly visit agenda to different protected areas and places where urban ecological parks will be built. Last week, he visited the National Park Haitises to prevent illegal cultivation of crops.