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Haiti - Environment : Signature of a joint declaration between Haiti and the Dominican Republic
22/01/2021 10:46:55

Haiti - Environment : Signature of a joint declaration between Haiti and the Dominican Republic
Thursday, January 21, as an extension of the joint declaration signed on January 10, 2021 by Presidents Jovenel Moïse and Luis Abinader and https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-32758-haiti-flash-9-joint-commitments-between-haiti-and-the-dominican-republic.html , environment ministers Abner Septembre (Haiti) and Orlando Jorge Mera (Dominican Republic) signed in the border province of Elías Piña, a declaration in which they commit to working together to protect the border environment and to create a working group responsible for drawing up a binational agreement and its follow-up which could be signed in early June.

Recall that Haiti and the Dominican Republic share the island with the greatest biological diversity (more than 5,000 varieties of plants) of the Caribbean islands and are part of the ecological corridor.

"We propose and sign a joint declaration that reflects the commitment to work continuously in the search for solutions to the environmental problems we face and to present them as a bloc in the community and international forums," said Jorge Mera, during Of the reunion.

Points of the joint declaration :

1. Resume its commitment to work jointly and systematically in reforestation programs in the border area;

2. Jointly develop mechanisms guaranteeing the conservation of cross-border protected areas, as well as the fight against illicit trafficking in species of flora and fauna;

3. Continue and increase the scholarship program, information exchange, technical training in forestry, as well as fire management programs for forest firefighters, forest rangers, etc...;

4. Cooperate in finding sustainable alternatives to cooking fuels which reduce the intensive use of firewood and charcoal;

5. Work jointly for the protection and sustainable use of the basins of the transboundary rivers Artibonite, Libon, Massacre / Dajabón and Pedernales, strengthening watershed councils as an ideal scenario for binational dialogue, ensuring its sustainability over time through the inclusion of local communities and the design of robust reforestation plans, through the initiative 'Vamos a sembrar agua' (We will sow water);

6. Sign a binational agreement on issues of common interest, including the Caribbean Biological Corridor initiatives, a regional initiative for the conservation of biodiversity.

7. Create an environmental working table, responsible for drawing up a binational agreement and monitoring it. This agreement will strengthen bilateral actions against environmental degradation of the border, which hinders human and economic development in the region.

8. Create a work plan addressing issues of water security on the island, sustainable land use, reduction of vulnerability to climate change and risk management, and reduction of biodiversity loss, with a view to launching joint actions and agreeing a common position as Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in international forums.

9. Within the framework of the Environment-Agriculture table of the Dominican-Haitian Joint Bilateral Commission, progress in the implementation of the commitments made in this declaration will be assessed every 6 months, exchange impressions and determine the next steps.

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