Dominican Republic

15 April, 2005

The Dominican Republic and Papua New Guinea are the first countries to adopt and begin implementation of a series of recommendations made by the United Nations (UN) Task Force on Environmental Sustainability, including the elimination of high seas bottom trawling (1). “Today marks an historic moment when the forward-thinking leaders of two developing countries… embrace not just the principles of environmental sustainability but its practical applications,” said Prof. Don Melnick of Columbia University, welcoming high-ranking officials from the Dominican Republic and Papua New Guinea at a briefing in New York.

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