Dominica has been commended for not destroying its forest on its way to development.
Consultant Eduardo Reyes gave that commendation while addressing the start of a two-day workshop geared at developing a REDD+ strategy for Dominica on Wednesday 15 March 2017.
Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) is a voluntary action for developing countries seeking to mitigate greenhouse gases (GHGs) before the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
The basic concept is that governments, companies or owners of forests, particularly in the southern hemisphere, should be rewarded for keeping their forests instead of cutting it down.
Reyes, who returned to Dominica after being here consecutively in 2011 and, said he is “quite pleased” to see that Dominica has not destroyed its forest on its way to development.
“Every time we visit a country, and then stop visiting for a period of time, when we come back again you realize that the forests are disappearing, but I didn’t have that impression when I got back again to Dominica,” he stated.
Reyes noted that although the roads have improved, it has not impacted the forests as is the case in most other developing countries.
“The road is now very nice, and I can see right now that the forests are eating the road, which is the opposite of what happens in many developing countries,” Reyes said.
He noted that when he visited in 2011, the road network between Roseau and the then Melville Hall Airport was being rehabilitated.
“In many of those countries, once they open the road, you see that the roads create the environment for people to all at once start destroying the forests, which is not the case in Dominica, and that is a great thing that I noticed immediately upon my arrival here,” Reyes added.