Environmentalists denounced the construction the wall stop the arrival of the border Migrants from Haiti to the Dominican Republic it is also an important reduction missing in an island common to both nations.
The establishment of the wall prevents the flow of water reaching the wetlands, the ecosystems that enrich the species of plants and marine biodiversity of the oceans.
It will cover the border wall built by the Dominican Republic 160 380 km border between the two countries. In addition, the immigration policy of the Dominican President is relevant Louis Abinader which also included an increase in the expulsion of Haitians.
The Dominican Academy of Sciences announced that the damage to the wetlands of the Monte Cristo National Park, located in the heart of the country, is irreparable.
“In this place the gorge that has been broken let the water flow as far as Ucan”;explained Roque Taveras, ecologist and official of the Ministry of Environment, around the wall of the wetland that has mangrove trees more than 20 meters high.
The A falling tree This has already begun. “That mangrove, the red mangrove is a hundred years old,” said the ecologist about the destruction of the wetland. “How long does it take to reach that new scale? From the Ministry of Defense they confirm that only 0.04% of the wetland area has been touched.
Threat to biodiversity
The area is home to hundreds of endemic species of trees and animals. “We have four species of mangroves” that grow in the Dominican Republic, says Taveras. “Rhizophora mangle”, white (Laguncularia racemosa), black (Avicennia germinans) and conjunction (Conocarpus erectus), enumerates.
The blue crab (Cardisoma guanhumi) called “Paloma de Cueva” by the Dominicans, is part of the fauna ecosystem. This crustacean has claws that can reach 15 centimeters in length and is one of the most vulnerable species. Birds such as the Ash Dove (Patagioenas inornata) and some species of herons nest in the area, Taveras adds.
The environmentalist also explained that many alligators, which were thought to be extinct more than 30 years ago, have been recently introduced.
Hiciar Blanco is the president of Manzanillo EcoAventura, an organization that organizes visits and promotes the conservation of the region. for the whites the impact is very negative. “It has already begun to affect us, because this was the area where we came to show tourists how far we are from our neighbor,” Haiti, he said. “We came to show Uca.”
The border wall ends with the Dominican Republic “We do not have easy access”White announced. A large part of the Ucanica forest will remain in Haitian territory. The wall will also affect artisanal fishermen who live by fishing.”