Environment is close to our hearts wherever we operate and beyond. This year, MSC Dominican Republic together with the Ministry of Environment, organised a special beach cleaning and impact analysis at the majestic “Los Haitises National Park”.
At 11 AM on November 1st, twenty-five MSC people plus one expert advisor from the ministry gathered at the entrance of the national park ready to help remove plastic and other waste from this precious ecosystem.
The cleaning process was carefully performed aiming to extract as much plastic waste as possible whilst very carefully avoiding jeopardizing the local biodiversity. Recyclable waste was extracted from the park for being processed while the other general non-recyclable trash was properly disposed of. The day ended with a visit to one of the park’s biggest caves in order to learn more about the endemic species and pictograms.
The Los Haitises National Park is a subtropical humid forest with an annual precipitation of about 2,000 mm, located on the remote northeast coast of the Dominican Republic. It includes a limestone plateau with conical hills, caverns and a large area of mangrove forest on the coast. This amazing park is home to a great diversity of mammals and birds, including some rare endemic species. Original inhabitants, called Tainos, lived at the caves where you can still find pictograms left behind by our ancestors. The access to the park is very limited, however during the last decades, the place has turned into a popular ecotourism destination.
“This year we chose to focus on this very special, protected location because Los Haitises National Park, together with the Samana humpback whale sanctuary, is one of the most important natural ecosystems in the region. We believe that it is all of our duty to help safeguard these precious ecosystems and habitats. In addition, it is a wonderful way to bring MSC people together to help the community” said Jorge Zimbello, Managing Director of MSC Dominicana.
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