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Representatives of various communities of Santiago participated in an excursion to the Scientific Reservation of Green Ebony in Constanza, as part of the Eco-educational Conference held by the León Center in coordination with Camping Tours and the Sociedad Ecológica del Cibao (SOECI) in the month of environment.

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The León Center continues to hold meetings related to the World Environment Day as part of the Eco-educational Workshops, a program that allows to strengthen the values ​​of national identity, developing activities that promote the proper use of natural resources.

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Representatives of various organizations participated in a day in the Laguna Prieta wetland in Santiago de los Caballeros, on the occasion of the month of environment.

Representatives of various organizations participated in a day in the Laguna Prieta wetland in Santiago de los Caballeros, on the occasion of the month of environment.

This meeting was part of the Ecoeducative Seminars, a program of the León Center that allows to strengthen the values ​​of national identity, developing activities that promote the proper use of natural resources.

Young people and adults joined this activity, in which they had the opportunity to plant native and endemic trees in the Laguna Prieta wetland located in the vicinity of the Caribbean Free Zone in the city of Santiago, thus contributing to the recovery of the foresta in our country.

Amancio Contrera Tejada and Henry Castillo, senior technicians in forest sciences and responsible for the care of this area, led this tour in which they explained the importance of the wetland that allows "protecting the wildlife, aquatic and terrestrial of the area."

The Minister of the Environment was the one who detected this small reserve that the city of Santiago has and about a year and four months ago that the intervention of this space began, which they intend in the future to become a place where citizens can make diversities recreational and leisure activities, such as doing exercises, walks, cycling competitions, fishing, and others.

The Leon Center through the Ecoeducative Seminars joined the readecuación purposes of that area, with this meeting of reforestation that had the participation of other institutions and organizations focused on environmental education, as is the case of Camping Tours, the Ecological Society of Cibao (SOECI) and the Vice Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of the North Region.

"From every point of view the most important thing for us is to disseminate and publicize this type of places that are close to the city, that most people do not know, that are lungs where people can come to enjoy,
know, walk, change environment and be around nature, "said Leonardo Ramírez, Commercial Manager of Camping Tours.

For Luis Polanco, president of the Sociedad Ecológica del Cibao (SOECI), this type of experience must be repeated daily, "because we are committed to expanding the forest coverage of our country, this year's motto is more forest more life, that is, when we sow a tree we are sowing water, which is equal to sowing life. I do not think anyone ever regrets planting water and life. "

And he adds, in these times "companies have to be sustainable, friendly, because a country that takes care of the environment is a healthier, cleaner and richer country, so recycling, caring for the environment is a big business, They have demonstrated, for example, existing recycling plants at a local, national and international level. "

The Procurator of Environment and Natural Resources of the North Region, Jacinto Mejía, stressed that the importance of these meetings is that the knowledge acquired can be transmitted to other people, awareness and awareness is raised to the population, because

"There is a principle of the 64-00 law that says that protecting the environment is everyone's responsibility".

Also, representatives of the network Green ConstellationThe groupthe 37 by the tables and residents of the place gathered at this meeting.

"For me this is very cool because you integrate, socialize, and anyone can come, join the group and feel part of something that benefits everyone, in addition to our actions we can culturalize people about how we can culturalize people about the importance of our house, which is the planet earth, which is the home of all, "said Mixan López of the network Green Constellation.
Lens and performance artists such as Álvaro Cabral of the group the 37 by the tablesalso said present in this day, "is wonderful as through my lens I can encourage support for the environment, capture in a magical instant the whole feeling of the person, which connects us with the being, the individual, with nature
which is part of us, "he said.

Both young people consider that these activities are entertaining, fun and seek a new form of awareness, which allows creating a platform for future generations to have a better future.

With this program, environmental education processes are carried out, through which representatives of the participating communities can become aware of their environment and learn about the values, skills, experience and also the determination that enables them to act, individually and collectively, in the resolution of present and future environmental problems

Everyone's effort

Residents of Laguna Prieta joined the activity as the case of Mr. Domingo Antonio Filpo, who says that he lives since he was little in that place and before they started these reforestation works he was in charge of cleaning the area and contributing his grain of sand by planting trees.

Because of his experience he advises young people to conserve the environment "this is part of education and tomorrow's future, because when you

He starts a bush is with the country and its wealth and without this there is no happiness "

Impact
The participants of this meeting consider that this type of activities allows young people to change their environmental awareness, since the person who starts at an early age to know their natural resources, to take care of the environment and the importance of it, is probably inclined towards conservation, care and preservation of it.

Collaboration
These days, which combine workshops and ecotourism activities, are accompanied by other institutions and organizations focused on environmental education, such as Camping Tours, the Sociedad Ecológica del Cibao (SOECI) and the Vice Ministry of Environment Environment and Natural Resources of the North Region.

Theme
"Our tropical forests" is the theme addressed in this fourth version of the Ecoeducative Seminars, in accordance with the decree of the United Nations Organization, which declared the 2011 as the International Year of Forests. With this, we intend to draw the attention of the participants, mostly representatives of community organizations, to the need to increase the efforts of recovery and conservation of the arboreal masses of our country.

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For the third consecutive year, Camping Tours and the León Center, with the collaboration of SOECI, held the Ecoeducational Days, which in this edition implemented a methodology of preparation and awareness workshops on the place to visit.

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