Local April 10, 2013 | 7:12 am

Environment to recover reefs, mangroves, beaches

Santo Domingo.- The Environment Ministry’s Marine and Coastal Resources Dept. on Tuesday unveiled a program to restore reefs, mangroves and beaches in different parts of the country.

It said the work will start in Samana and La Altagracia provinces, considered as having the highest tourism development potential.

In a statement, Environment said the strategy to intervene the natural resources will be gradually extended to Dominican Republic’s other provinces with similar profiles to develop tourism. “These interventions to manage and conserve the marine-coastal ecosystems benefit a population estimated at 150,000 inhabitants.

It adds that the program includes 40.9 square kilometers of coral reefs, mangroves and beaches, through the appropriate management of ecosystems and natural resources of river basins and coasts.

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