The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MMARN) and the Technical Professional Training Institute (Infotep) developed a series of training courses for park rangers, guides and community members of Pedernales linked to the Sierra de Bahoruco and Jaragua national parks, as well as the national recreational areas Bahía de las Águilas, Playa de Cabo Rojo, Playa Larga and Playa Blanca.
Through the courses, 144 people received training, of which 58 are park rangers and collaborators of the Ministry of Protected Areas of the MMARN, 50 nature guides and boat captains, 6 artisans and 30 representatives of environmental and community entities, with the purpose of promoting awareness about environmental protection and the importance of promoting sustainable tourism.
The courses “Sustainable tourism and environment” and “Ecology, guiding techniques and nature interpretation” were given by Roberto Gómez and Pablo Rodríguez, Infotep facilitators, at the facilities of the Pedernales Vocational School, the Oviedo City Hall and the Centro Educativo Arte Profesor Pastor Roberto Medel.
The Vice-Ministry of Protected Areas and Biodiversity, headed by Federico Franco, and the Directorate of Environmental Education of the Environment, under the responsibility of Daryelin Torres, coordinated the courses, which were supported by Yolanda León, president of Grupo Jaragua, who visited one of the groups.
The activity was also supported by Gregorio Núñez, coordinator of the Southern Region of Protected Areas; José Gregorio Hernández, administrator of Sierra de Bahoruco National Park; Aníbal Díaz Pérez, administrator of Jaragua National Park; Natalie Casado, in charge of Ecotourism; Israel Santana, in charge of Protected Areas management; and Miguel Lara, director of the Provincial Park of Pedernales.
The purpose of the training is to raise awareness about the protection of the area’s unique natural resources and the importance of promoting sustainable tourism in order to boost this economic activity.