The Dominican Republic increased its forest coverage 5.4% in the past seven years. Environment Minister Jaime David Fernandez wants the media to reach a strategic alliance with the Ministry of Environment to benefit the forests. In a press conference on Wednesday, 29 December, Jaime David Fernandez said that national forests coverage is 33-33.5%. The Ministry of Environment announced 2011 is the International Year of Forests.
He said in 1996 the forest coverage was 27.5%. He said the increase is attributed to the Plan Nacional Quisqueya Verde, an effort that began when he was Vice President of the Republic from 1996-2000 and since he was named Minister of Environment in August 2008.
He said this year 11,400,000 trees belonging to 5 different species have been planted, namely mahogany, local pine, cedar, oak and tamarind.
In 2011 the Ministry of Environment will be working from new offices at Avenida Luperon corner Cayetano Germosen, as reported in Hoy.