Hatton explained that the reason for his visit was to inspect the areas of the Sierra de Bahoruco and Jaraguá National Parks, where renovation work is underway in the monitoring and protection areas, among other things, in light of the development of Pedernales and the management of these areas. Two regions.
He also arrived with his team and Pavel Issa Contreras, Minister of Economy, Planning and Development, to Los Arroyos, where an observation and control facility is being built that will consist of three rooms, a living room and a storeroom, as well as an access point to the park.
During their visit, the Governor of Pedernales, Altagracia Priya, received Hatton and Issa Contreras, and talked to them about promoting tourism in that southwestern province and the need to maintain sustainable development over time for the benefit of natural resources.
He later moved to Hoyo de Belembito, Las Mercedes and Bahía de las Aguilas, where he spoke with park rangers, before moving on to Lake Oviedo.
The head of the environment commented that all these protected areas will welcome tourists so that they can enjoy the place and know that the Dominican Republic is much more than just a sun and beach destination.
With an area of 1,000 square kilometers and 70 kilometers in length and extending through the departments of Bahoruco, Barahona and Pedernales, the Sierra de Bahoruco is considered one of the most valuable parks in the country and is part of the Jaragua-Bahoruco. Biosphere Reserve – Enriquillo from UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization).
It is home to a wide range of forests up to 2,000 meters high, a limestone subterranean area, and a rich flora and fauna, which includes about 180 species of orchids, of which 32 are endemic.
Meanwhile, Jaragua Park, located in the extreme south of Pedernales, is part of the Dominican Republic's first UNESCO biosphere reserve.
In this national park you can see manatees, turtles, hawksbills and at least 400 species of plants, including tropical forests, cacti, mangroves and wetlands where more than 130 species of birds live, 10 of which are endemic.
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