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#3532: Border Land Use from Space (fwd)
From: Lance Durban <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The Jeff Wilson study of Haitian/Dominican cross border
land use is obvious to anyone who has travelled along the
border. A key factor as noted in the study is the
widespread use of charcoal for cooking in Haiti relative to
Not mentioned however is an underlying reason for this
(beyond the evident Haitian preference for a good
barbecue). Namely, in the DR the price of propane is
heavily subsized by the state (or at least it was a couple
of years ago when I last checked).
What will be interesting to see is if the DR will be able
to retain its good tree coverage in the border areas once
all of the trees in Haiti are gone. We may not have to
wait too long to find out.
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