According to Dominican Today, the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) approved the Dominican Republic to host the next symposium on the preservation of the Caribbean Sea.
The ACS’ Special Council of Ministers Meeting forms part of the mechanism to monitor the technical work and actions carried out since 1998 to protect f the Caribbean Sea, said Foreign minister Andrés Navarro, who represented the Dominican government in the Havana conclave.
He reiterated his country’s commitment to defend, protect and use the Caribbean Sea sustainably, and stressed the joint efforts by the ACS member countries, which resulted in the UN General Assembly resolution in 2008, “Towards Sustainable Development of the Caribbean Sea for present and future generations.”
Navarro said the report recognizes the Caribbean Sea’s importance with unique biodiversity and highly fragile ecosystem that requires collaboration by all to develop the coastal and marine resources.
He said more than 115 million people live along the Caribbean coasts, in addition to 20 million visitors annually, “for which the tourist pressure, unregulated fishing and climate change, among other elements come together in a lethal combination that threatens the biodiversity of one of the planet’s most vulnerable ecosystems.”
[Photo of Playa San Rafael, Barahona, by Jessica Stone.]