Squatters removed from Cabarete wetlands

It took years of efforts by visionary businesspeople and environmentalists, but finally, the government is taking actions to evict invaders of protected areas in Cabarete, Puerto Plata. The Ministry of Environment enacted the Environmental Rescue Plan Phase I on 18 February 2021. It calls for the removing of illegal occupants of areas in the Monumento Natural Laguna Cabarete y Goleta (Choco). More than 200 dwellings were dismantled in the province of Puerto Plata.

The National Service for Environmental Protection (Senpa) head the operation after months of coordination that included intelligence and 10 government institutions’ backing, says Environment Minister Orlando Jorge Mera.

With the support of past local governments, the invaders had been filling in the wetlands and selling lots in Puerto Plata province. The Ministry of Environment intervened in the areas known as La Cienaga, Coconopan, and Cueva de Cabarete.

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19 February 2021