The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MMARN) signed a cooperation agreement with the Association for Social, Ecological and Cultural Assistance (Adasec), with the objective of managing and executing some of the works of the Nizao river basin restoration project.
The vice-minister of Soils and Waters, René Mateo De los Santos, signed the agreement with the president of Adasec, Rafael Antonio Lorenzo Samboy, for the work of socio-environmental components which are part of the “National Plan for the Integral Management of Priority Watersheds”, implemented by the MMARN.
The Environment is committed to contribute DR 18.2 million to Adasec so that the association can participate in training activities focused on promoting environmental awareness among young people and adolescents in the watershed communities.
It will also participate in the construction and/or refurbishment of basic community infrastructure, including community centers, bathrooms, ecotourism activities, sports fields and home repairs.
“The project will have a positive impact on the preservation of the Nizao watershed, and will improve the availability of water resources in communities such as Mucha Agua and Los Cacaos,” said Mateo De los Santos, who stressed the importance of the populations joining the conservation processes.
“In addition to contributing to environmental restoration, the project focuses on fostering a culture of coexistence and respect between humans and nature, which will translate into a notable improvement for the men and women who live in the communities that have settled in the watershed over the years,” he said.