Dominican Republic’s mountains mean money, top official says


 Dominican Republic joined yesterday’s International Mountains Day celebrations with several activities to mark an event held since 2003, when the United Nations set aside every December 11 to raise awareness on their sustainable use, reports.

Environment minister Bautista Rojas said, the government seeks to harness the potential of the country’s eco-mountainous territory as part of a national strategy to promote ecotourism, whose economic contribution he affirms are significant for any State. “Since ecotourism has become a very important activity for many countries, the Environment Ministry works enthusiastically in several initiatives to promote Dominican Republic.”

He announced the start of the Ecotourism specialty in Jarabacoa’s (central) Environment and Natural Resources School, to meet the country’s demand for specialists as a tourist destination.

Rojas said the work will be carried out with international cooperation, since environmental education is the basis for sustainable development. “It’s precisely in the mountains where life is born, so it’s necessary to preserve them because with that we are doing so with the watersheds, ensuring water quality for future generations.”

As an example, the official revealed that Australia has shown an interest in providing Dominican Republic with graduate-level scholarships for Environment Ministry professionals.

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2 thoughts on “Dominican Republic’s mountains mean money, top official says

  1. As the effects of tourism are seen to be increasingly negative, especially in areas with sensitive ecosystems, ecotourism has largely been the newest environmental trend. The preservation of ecosystems and habitats is not only valuable for the countless species of flora and fauna living there, but also provides a unique form of economic stimulation, premised on the idea of a healthy and undisturbed environment. Ecotourism benefits not only the economy and the environment but also acts as an educational tool for both foreigners and locals alike. By offering occupations for locals in the ecotourism industry, they are being compelled to explore and preserve their local ecosystems while simultaneously educating not only tourists, but the future generations of these areas.

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