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September 10, 2015

Children Learn About Preservation of Dominican Biodiversity During Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival

Maximo Rodriguez es aplaudido por los presentes a su llegada

The trilogy of documentaries Reserva de la Biosfera: Jaragua, Bahoruco, y Enriquillo and their director, Máximo Rodríguez, sensitized the students at Professor Juan Bosch School during a screening and forum at Funglode.

The screening of the documentaries Reserva de la Biosfera: Jaragua, Bahoruco y Enriquillo, produced by the Propagas Foundation and directed by the Memoria de Nación Foundation, provoked reflections among many children who watched the images and listened to testimonials with surprise during the screening offered at Funglode (Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo) as a part of the 5th Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF).

As the host of the students and the director of the film produced by the Propagas Foundation and directed by the Memoria de Nación Foundation, Máximo Rodríguez was satisfied to see the reaction that his work caused in children and the worries triggered by the produced content.

Some of the questions asked after the screening were about which animals are in danger of extinction and what would happen if Lake  Enriquillo were to disappear.

Angela Duvergé, the coordinator of the advanced class at Professor Juan Bosch School, came to Funglode with 50 sixth and seventh grade students and left very satisfied, in her own words. For her, the outcome of the activity was “excellent.”

The teacher maintained that the initiative should go even further, and that the school should make a sustained effort to develop awareness among children regarding the extinction of animals and the dangers faced by biodiversity.

It would be, she said, a part of the program that the school has implemented on the environment, through basic actions such as giving older students the task of teaching younger students to not litter.

Eliana López Díaz, a seventh-grader, gave her particular opinion on what she saw: “I thought the discussion was interesting and good, because it teaches us something,” she said. “We saw that this country isn’t just beautiful, and that it has a lot of diversity.” She added: “I didn’t like how the companies are cutting down trees, because that isn’t good for us, and I also saw that there are a lot of birds and reptiles in danger of extinction.”

The Jaragua-Bahoruco-Enriquillo Reserve was declared a Biosphere Reserve in 2002 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Reserva de la Biosfera: Jaragua, Bahoruco y Enriquillo is a collection of three documentaries on these areas: Jaragua National Park, a marvelous combination of beauty and biodiversity; Bahoruco Sierra National Park, a natural symbol of Dominican heritage; and Lake Enriquillo and Cabritos Island, a unique landscape on the geography of the eastern side of the island. This area, with a total surface area of 5,770 km², includes landscapes of unique and extraordinary beauty, an impressive amount of biodiversity made up of the most diverse coastal, maritime and land ecosystems, a large amount of endemic flora and fauna, and invaluable genetic resources.

The documentaries Reserva de la Biosfera: Jaragua, Bahoruco y Enriquillo were produced by the Propagas Foundation and directed by the Memoria de Nación Foundation.

The Dominican Máximo José Rodríguez is a well-known director and photographer with a large amount of experience in developing advertising in his country. He has been behind important local and international advertising campaigns and is the director-founder of the Memoria de Nación Foundation.

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