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Port-au-Prince/Santo Domingo - Countering environmental degradation across the Haitian-Dominican Republic border in order to boost food security was today agreed by the Minister of Environment of Haiti, Jean François Thomas, and the Minister of Environment and Natural Resources of the Dominican Republic, Bautista Rojas Gómez. "The report – which presents the findings of an 18-month long assessment of the environment in the area that separates the two countries on the island of Hispaniola – identified 4 key issues: Haitian poverty, food insecurity and under-development affect virtually all parts of the border zone; Soil erosion, deforestation and a degraded marine environment are all indicative of growing environmental degradation; Weak governance affects the economy and society in the area; and Economic and resource inequalities cause many of the border zone problems."

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