Last update:
2017-03-14

Cementera en Los Haitises, República Dominicana


Description:

La empresa Cemex Dominicana esta haciendo un fuerte lobby en el gobierno para instalar una cementera en la zona de amortiguamiento del Parque Nacional de Los Haitises.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Cementera en Los Haitises, República Dominicana
Country:Dominican Republic
State or province:Monte Plata
(municipality or city/town)Gonzalo
Accuracy of locationHIGH (Local level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict: 1st level:Mineral Ores and Building Materials Extraction
Type of conflict: 2nd level :Water access rights and entitlements
Establishment of reserves/national parks
Building materials extraction (quarries, sand, gravel)
Specific commodities:Limestone
Sand, gravel
Cement
Project Details and Actors
Project details:

Proyecto de extracion de materiales para cemento al interior del Parque Nacional Los Haitises, el que ademas es una importante reserva de agua subterranea.

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Project area:63500
Level of Investment:300,000,000
Type of populationRural
Affected Population:24300
Company names or state enterprises:Consorcio Minero Dominicano (CEMEX) from Dominican Republic
Relevant government actors:Sub Secretaria de Estado de Areas Protegidas
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:PNUD
Conflict and Mobilization
IntensityMEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
Reaction stagePREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups mobilizing:International ejos
Local ejos
Local government/political parties
Neighbours/citizens/communities
Social movements
Recreational users
Local scientists/professionals
Religious groups
Forms of mobilization:Artistic and creative actions (eg guerilla theatre, murals)
Creation of alternative reports/knowledge
Development of alternative proposals
Involvement of national and international NGOs
Lawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Media based activism/alternative media
Objections to the EIA
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Shareholder/financial activism.
Street protest/marches
Arguments for the rights of mother nature
Appeals/recourse to economic valuation of the environment
Teleton y festivales artistico-musicales
Impacts of the project
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Air pollution, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Desertification/Drought, Global warming, Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Soil contamination, Soil erosion, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Groundwater pollution or depletion, Large-scale disturbance of hydro and geological systems, Reduced ecological / hydrological connectivity
Socio-economical ImpactsPotential: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors, displacement, Lack of work security, labour absenteeism, firings, unemployment, Loss of livelihood, Land dispossession, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Outcome
Project StatusStopped
Conflict outcome / response:Court decision (victory for environmental justice)
Under negotiation
Application of existing regulations
Project cancelled
Withdrawal of company/investment
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:Yes
Briefly explain:El principal efecto nocivo de la implantación de una cementera en la zona de amortiguación del Parque Nacional de los Haitises es la fragilidad de las zonas de acumulación de agua del país. Finalmente el proyecto no se lleva a cabo.
Sources and Materials
References to published books, academic articles, movies or published documentaries

Observatorio de Conflictos Mineros de America Latina OCMAL

Noticia de la sentencia contra la Cementera los Haitises en 2009
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Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

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Related media links to videos, campaigns, social network

- http://orsan-criticobohemio.blogspot.com/2009/07/en-los-haitises-yo-no-quiero-cemento.html
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El caso de la Cementera los Haitises en el contexto de movimientos sociales en la República Dominicana
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Other documents

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Meta information
Contributor:Patricio Chavez y Joan Martinez Alier
Last update14/03/2017
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