The Seventh Tenth Court of First Instance in Control Functions of Caracas issued a series of interim measures, seeking to avoid damage to the environment and biodiversity in the National Park Warairarepano as a result of forest fires and vegetation.
The aforementioned court ordered, among other rules, occupation, oversight and control by the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) and the National Parks Institute (Inparques) of all access to this recreational space, said a press release of the Ministry for Environment.
The measures are the following:
All persons entering the area will be subject to body search to prevent the introduction of materials, tools and elements that could cause wild fires.
To execute these measures effectively, officials from Inparques and the GNB, will continuously patrol routes and travel paths in the park.
Overnight stay within the boundaries of this park will be prohibited during the dry months (January to June), allowing this activity only in inns specifically for that purpose.
The rules of the court urge the mayors of Libertador, Chacao and Sucre to support their municipalities in cleaning, waste collection and cooling work.
Communities surrounding the Warairarepano National Park will be notified that only controlled fires to maintain crops will be allowed. These fires will be carried out following the basic rules of fire prevention, on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:00 afternoon, after notifying the ranger stations or Mounted Squadron of the GNB.
It is the responsibility of the Ministry for the Environment, to formulate, plan, manage, implement, coordinate, monitor and evaluate policies, plans, programs, projects and activities for the strategic management of the environment and biodiversity contained in the decree. For this it will run programs of reform and recovery of areas of vegetation to be affected, particularly reforestation by the Misión Árbol (or Mission Tree, governmental program designed for that purpose).
Source: Correo del Orinoco / Press-Venezuelan Embassy to the U.S.