Venezuelans Trained to Control Forest Fires in the Country

Venezuelans Trained to Control Forest Fires in the Country

24 November 2011

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Venezuela — Caracas: The Ministry for the Environment of Venezuela (Minamb) began a training course in Warairarepano National Park, in order to instruct its staff in the control of forest fires in the country.

The event, called “Investigation of Causes of Forest Fires”aims to determine more precisely the origin of the fires that damage natural reserves and to apply sanctions to those responsible for these incidents in case they are caused by humans.

For his part, Marti Vásquez, director of this area in the Minamb, explained that the objective of the event is that the trained staff can provide elements of conviction to begin administrative or criminal proceedings, if there is any.

Also, Reinaldo Perez, coordinator of the course, said that the induction prepares attendees to create technical or scientific teams, which will facilitate the provision of evidence of possible environmental crimes, which will be send to the Environmental Office.

Authorities of the National Parks Institute (Inparques) recently reported that more than five thousand forest fires registered in Venezuela are the result of human negligence associated with the drought caused by the weather phenomenon El Niño.

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