The municipality of Las Salinas is located in the province of Barahona, bordered on the east of the municipality of Cabral, to the west of the municipality of Mella, the north of the municipality of Neyba, and to the south of the municipality of Polo.
It was Elevated to the category of a municipality on March 1, 2001, and has a population of 5,229 inhabitants, of which 4,427 are located in the urban zone (94%), and 802 in the rural zone (6%). The municipality is located at an altitude of 269 meters with a territorial extension of 126.55 km2, with an approximate population density of 41 inhabitants/km2.
It is important to note that the project will have a positive impact resulting from a great plan, taking into account integral aspects of the design, execution, monitoring, and following up on activities. The benefits of the communities and their inhabitants have been considered specific objectives to accomplish. Taking into account the census data shortages and social inequities reflected in the decrease in the population. Due to emigration, lack of opportunities, commercial isolation from the exportation of raw materials, 16.4% of housing is currently in precarious conditions. In 2019 the community was without Internet access, school enrollment decreased between one school year and another, and access to health and drinking clean water did not present a decent picture either.
The soils are Class III, with flat, hilly, or gently sloping topography with limiting factors of some severity.
The municipality has a salt and gypsum mine located on a hill, being the main economic activity. The Salt and Gypsum hill has an extension of approximately 21 km², formed by powerful layers with intercalations of packages of soft clayey shales. The estimated gypsum reserve is 800 million metric tons and 70 million tons of rock salt, the second-largest deposit in Latin America.
Local economic development
The municipality of Las Salinas has considerable mining resources. The salt and gypsum mines are one of the most important and are currently being exploited, representing the main economic activity and source of employment. In contrast, many deficiencies and collective needs of the inhabitants depend on agricultural products such as bananas and plantains, among others. This reality fits the pattern of development promoted by investors, where the usufruct of resources of the territories is not reflected in the quality of life nor the welfare of the people of the communities. The social commitment of businessmen and investors is null, with no return or compensation for the effects on the natural environment and a total absence of human sensitivity.
One of the main objectives of Kokonut Network is to distribute the benefits in the municipality, positively impacting hundreds of families.
Mina de Sal y Yeso, Las Salinas, Barahona, República Dominicana © Armidis Díaz All rights reserved.
The execution of the project will take place in a life zone of dry subtropical forest, we will intervene in the strip that extends from the municipality of Las Salinas, province of Barahona, to the municipality of Duvergé, province of Independencia.
This life zone is characterized by sunny and clear days the majority of the days. These conditions are ideal for the development of coconut cultivation. This project will be executed with the highest quality standards and committed to caring for the natural resources of the area. Generating employment for hundreds of families and bringing hope and prosperity, which is why we highlight some prime points of the action plan: