- Posted April 26, 2014 by
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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Haitian nationals are deforesting and burning Loma Isabel de Torres in Dominican Republic to make furnaces for the production of charcoal to be sold in haiti
“. . . . column of smoke stacks are caused by Haitian nationals who are deforesting and pillaging the natural reserve to build ovens to produce charcoal to be sold in markets in Port-au-Prince.”
PUERTO PLATA.- For several days, citizens have warned a column of smoke coming from the trees in Loma Isabel de Torres nature reserve, which has raised concerns under the indifferent gaze of environmental authorities in this town.
According to this picture in two sheds which was published by the graduate Niel Eory Torress in his Facebook account you can see clearly the row of smoke stack that is seen nearly every Thursday from 4:00 in the afternoon in Loma Isabel de Torres.
The situation has been going on unchallenged for more than month. This report has been informed by residents of the areas of the southern part of this city, which have stated that the column of smoke stacks are caused by Haitian nationals who are deforesting and pillaging the natural reserve to build ovens to produce charcoal to be sold in markets in Port-au-Prince.
Also it was noted that this issue was notified to the local representatives of the Ministry of environment and natural resources who stated that they would start an investigation into that case, but again the smoke plume was seen on the afternoon of Tuesday, which ironically on that date it was celebrated around the world as ‘Earth Day’.
Citizens who gave their opinion on this case pointed out that, the fact that Haitian nationals, who are pillaging the vegetation of the Loma Isabel de Torres natural monument in the city of Puerto Plata calls for concern and attention. Officials for the environment and ecological crimes are letting this situation to be carried out unpunished under the noses and gaze of the population of this community.