3. Green nation
Administrators of the Plan Nacional Quisqueya Verde say that the Dominican Republic’s forestation levels have improved from 27% in 1997 to 33% in 2008. This means the Dominican Republic is on pace to surpass its goal of 35% forestation by 2015. Technical director Elias Vargas said that new tree planting was going on at a faster rate than projected. Plan Quisqueya Verde director Jose Enrique Baez said that nearly a million trees are being planted around the Dominican Republic during planting season. Baez says that Bolivia, Chile and Costa Rica are interested in learning from the familiarity of the Dominican project with a view to duplicating it in their countries, and have sent officials to study its achievement. The Plan Nacional Quisqueya is working in 70 communities across three provinces of the Dominican Republic and it is projected that Quisqueya Verde will receive RD$70 million in 2009 to carry on its forestation mission.