Dominican Republic advances against deforestation and effects of climate change

picoDR.jpg__209__400__CROPz0x209y400A press release published by Dominica Today reports that the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and the World Bank launched the project Preparation for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD +) to promote the use of sustainable forest resources in the Dominican Republic and reducing emissions from deforestation for the benefit of poor rural communities and biodiversity.

“This initiative represents one more step by the Dominican Government to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions from the forestry sector while contributing to adaptation to climate change, in accordance with the commitments made by the country as part of the Framework Convention Nations UN Climate Change (UNFCCC),” said Bautista Rojas Gomez, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources.

With this support, the country aims to create conditions to reduce and capture about 15.6 million tonnes of CO2 between 2018 and 2023 and bring the country about US$35 million as payments for reductions results. “The country is clearly committed to the implementation of actions to adapt to climate change and we are impressed by the dedication and fast program to reduce the country’s emissions,” said McDonald Benjamin, World Bank representative in the Dominican Republic.

Expected benefits:

  • Reduce emissions and increase carbon holds through forest conservation, restoration programs and food production through forest management plans and the establishment of biological corridors linking areas of importance for biodiversity;
  • To contribute to the sustainable livelihoods of rural communities;
  • Improve conservation of protected areas while providing water services is guaranteed;
  • Increase the participation of local farmers in cocoa and coffee and reducing deforestation caused by livestock;
  • Promote a country commitment to long-term for forest management;
  • Forest Inventory.

The project is part of an agreement signed with the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), which is administered by the World Bank, which will donate 3.8 million dollars for their preparation. It will be led by the Ministry of Environment Climate Change Dept. and includes participatory consultations with communities, to design a Country Strategy REDD +, establish a baseline emissions, and create a mechanism for measuring them. [. . .]

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