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    The Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources closed this weekend the first "Biodiversity for Sustainable Development" Fair with a massive public attendance. The aim of the Fair was to promote good practices and the rational use of biodiversity among the citizens.

    In a press release, the institution stated that the activity for the ecosystem, which began on Wednesday, closed with the attendance of hundreds of students, professionals and people from across the country who came to visit the attractions that were presented for several days by more than a dozen public and private entities that took part in the event.

    It stated that holding the fair for biological diversity is part of the celebrations that the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources organized to commemorate the International Day for Biological Diversity, which is held every May 22 around the world.

    José Manuel Mateo, Director of the Ministry’s Bureau of Biodiversity and Protected Areas and organizer of the activity, noted that the aim of this fair is that people understand the impact of resources in daily life, in terms of food, health, electricity, and medicines.

    "It is very interesting and a way to publicize the work being carried out by the Ministry in coordination with the NGOs and other institutions involved in defending the natural resources, as well as to attract new followers and for people to realize what they are doing," he said.

    He asserted that biodiversity is not an abstract or far-fetched term, but that it has a relationship with economic development, employment and the economy and that, therefore, people have to understand the origin of the water, clothes and the other resources that are extracted from nature.

    The fair involved more than a dozen entities, such as the National Botanical Garden and the Zoo. Each, respectively, exhibited plants such as the Cacatica (Rare Orchid), whose scientific name is Tolumnia henekenii, and the Hispaniola Hawk, which are critically endangered species. Among other attractions, the National Aquarium displayed coastal and marine species that are part of that ecosystem.

    He noted that this celebration of biodiversity is very important for raising awareness and appreciation for all that nature offers to humans, and for the need to preserve it for future generations.

    "These types of activities should be promoted more often in public town parks and squares, so that people become educated and know the reality of micro climates, and endemic, native and endangered species, so that they care more for them," insisted Rafael Serulle, who visited the fair.

    Likewise, Cruz Leyba, of the Sacred Forest Foundation, considered it a necessity to continue organizing this type of events to educate citizens about the love they should have for nature.

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