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Projects and Environmental Programs

I. CLEAN TECHNOLOGIES

II. SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE

III. WATER

IV. PROTECTION OF BIODIVERSITY

V. EDUCATION

VI. SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

VII. ADAPTATION AND DISASTER PREVENTION

 

MAIZE AND BEAN CROP ADAPTATION TO CLIMATE CHANGE IN CENTRAL AMERICA AND THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Funding Organization: IDB: Korean Poverty Reduction Fund
Total Cost: US$ 698,722
Duration: 36 months
Status: Active
The objective of this program is to help reduce poverty and extreme poverty in the region, through research in methods of adapting maize and beans to climate change, as a way of contributing to food safety and the well-being of vulnerable communities and producers in Central America and the Dominican Republic.

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ADOPTION OF CLEAN PRODUCTION PRACTICES IN BATTERY RECYCLING
Funding Organization: IDB/MIF
Total Cost: US$255,775.00
Duration: 18 months
Status: Active
The project will be executed by Haina City hall and Universidad AutĂłnoma de Santo Domingo (UASD), through its Science Department. The coordinating committee is comprised of delegates of the secretariats of the Environment, Public Health, Economy, Industry and Commerce. In addition to UASD and the Haina City hall, the project will also benefit from the participation of the Blacksmith Institute, Metaloxa, and members of the Haina community.

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ASSISTANCE IN IMPACT ASSESSMENT OF THE PROGRAM IN SUPPORT OF SUBSIDIES FOR AGRICULTURAL TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION
Funding Organization: IDB
Total Cost: US$ 34,300,000
Duration: 48 months
Status: Active

Support the Ministry of Agriculture in its implementation of a plan to assess the impact of the Program in Support of Agricultural Technology Innovation.

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COMPETITIVENESS OF SMALL-SCALE ORGANIC COCOA PRODUCERS
Funding Organization: IDB
Total Cost: US$1,924,000.00
Status: Active

The general objective of this project is to improve the competitiveness of small-scale cocoa producers in the Dominican Republic, thanks to the increase in productivity of their plantations. The specific purpose of the project is to facilitate access to funding services in the mid and long term, as well as technical assistance for the rehabilitation or renovation of small-scale organic cocoa farmer’s plantations.

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CARIBBEAN BIOLOGICAL CORRIDOR
Executing Organizations: Ministries of the Environment of the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba
Status: Active

The Caribbean Biological Corridor (CBC) was created in 2007 by the governments of the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Haiti, with the support of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The Biological Corridor outlines a geographical area, which provides connectivity among landscapes, ecosystems and habitats, and seeks to reduce the loss of biological diversity in the Caribbean and the American geotropic.

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DEVELOPMENT OF CAPABILITIES FOR SUSTAINABLE LAND MANAGEMENT IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Funding Organizations: NUDP, SEMARENA (MINISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES), SSA (UNDERSECRETARIAT FOR SOIL AND WATER), GTI (INTER-INSTITUTIONAL TECHNICAL GROUP), and GTZ-CCD
Total Cost: US$1,313,950
Duration: 36 months Status: Active

The objective of this project is the systemic improvement of the institutional and individual ability to coordinate, implement and assess SLM options that will revert the processes of desertification and degradation of lands in the Dominican Republic. This will be achieved through training in the implementation of a comprehensive strategy in the country for sustainable land management, and through the transversalization of SLM practices within the different components of decision making.

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ECOSCHOOLS
Funding Organizations: RENEAPA (National Network of Companies Supporting Environmental Protection), IDARD (Environmental Law Institute of the Dominican Republic)
Status: Active

The Ecoschools Campaign is an international campaign that seeks to introduce and/or enhance environmental education for sustainable development and environmental management and certification in educational centers at the preschool, elementary and high school levels. Simultaneously, it favors the involvement of municipal authorities, as it requires their contribution in ensuring the ideas that arise in educational centers are put in action within and outside the school environment, and in enabling community participation in the town’s sustainable development.

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BEACH CLEANING: VIDA AZUL
Executing Organization: Vida Azul
Status: Active

The International Coastal Cleanup Day (ICC), a program supported by Ocean Conservancy, is the largest voluntary participation event in its class in the world. Every year, the third Saturday in September, in coasts from California to Bangladesh, hundreds of thousands of volunteers clean millions of pounds of garbage from the coasts of rivers, lakes and beaches around the world.

In 2009, approximately 400,000 volunteers collected over 6.8 million pounds of garbage from 100 countries around the world.

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MITIGATING THE THREAT OF INVASIVE ALIEN SPECIES IN THE INSULAR CARIBBEAN
Funding Organization: WHMSI
Total Cost: US$ 1,795,000.00
Duration: 36 months
Status: Active

The Western Hemisphere Migratory Species Initiative (WHMSI) seeks to contribute to the preservation of migratory species in the western hemisphere, through the strengthening of cooperation efforts between nations, international treaties and civil society entities, as well as through an expansion of their commitment. The project is active both at a political level and with the general public. Invasive species are the largest threat to biodiversity of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems in the islands of the Caribbean and to the economy of the communities that depend on biodiversity for their everyday lives.

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MODEL FOR SUSTAINABLE TOURISM MANAGEMENT IN BAYAHIBE
Funding Organization: MIF/IDB
Total Cost: US$ 1.838.420
Duration: 42 months
Status: Active

The goal of the project is to contribute to an increase in competitiveness in the Bayahibe area, as an international tourist destination, based on its natural, ecologic and cultural attractions. The purpose of the project is to develop and implement a model of sustainable tourist management for this destination, based on best practices of local development, social responsibility and sustainable tourism, which integrate small and medium enterprises (MiPyMEs) in the local community to the conservation of resources and the offer of touristic services. In order to achieve that, the project will include the following components:

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BLUE FLAG PROGRAM
Executing Organizations: FEE, IDARD (Environmental Law Institute of the Dominican Republic)
Duration: 2009-2010
Status: Active

The Blue Flag is a voluntary and exclusive award and eco-label granted every year by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) with the objective of recognizing the quality of beaches and marinas in terms of their cleanliness, accessibility, environmental management, sanitation, adequate signposting and information and safety.

Blue Flag works in favor of the sustainable development of beaches and marinas.

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NATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAM ON ENVIRONMENTAL VULNERABILITY AND PREVENTION AND MITIGATION OF SEISMIC DISASTERS IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Funding Organization: Dominican Government, OAS/FEMCIDI
Total Cost: US$140,000.00
Status: Active
Duration: 12 months

The project seeks to contribute to efforts geared towards the reduction of vulnerability in the face of natural disasters in the Dominican Republic, by strengthening the civil defense’s response capabilities, improving the quality of the infrastructure and curricular structure of the Departamento Nacional de Capacitación de la Defensa Civil (Civil Defense National Department of Training). The project seeks to help the Department in its process of institutionalization and in enhancing its ability to train professional instruction personnel.

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INAPA POTABLE WATER AND SANITATION INVESTMENT PROGRAM
Funding Organization: IDB
Total Cost: US$ 35 million
Duration:
Status: Active

The objectives of the program are: i) contribute to the increase in coverage of efficient and sustainable potable water and sanitation services; y ii) expand the offer of services to seven provinces and strengthen the commercial and technical operational departments of INAPA (National Institute of Potable Water and Sewers) and ASOCAR (Rural Water and Sanitation Associations).

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TRANS-BOUNDARY ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAM (PMT for its initials in Spanish)
Funding Organization: DIGECOOM (Directorate General of Multilateral Cooperation); European Union
Total Cost: 1,137,600 Euros
Duration: 36 months
Status: Complete

The Trans-boundary Environmental Program is a project aimed at improving relations between Haiti and the Dominican Republic, seeking to preserve their common environment on the border and to improve the living conditions of its communities. This program covers the areas of influence of the Azuei and Enriquillo lakes, which are located to the south of the Haiti and Dominican Republic border zone.

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DISASTER PREVENTION AND RISK MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
Funding Organization: IDB
Total Cost: US$5.500.000
Duration: 36 months
Status: Active

The objective of the program is to help the country increase its ability to mitigate and control the risks that derive from disasters. The operation seeks to assist the government in outlining the essential elements of its national strategy for risk management, and to provide the necessary experience and technical analysis, so that the country may reach a position that will enable it to create a larger public investment program for the reduction of risks in the near future.

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TOURIST AREA PROJECT FOR WATER AND SANITATION
Funding Organization: World Bank
Total Cost: US$27.5 million
Duration: 5 years
Status: Active

A project destined to the improvement of potable water and sanitation supply in the tourist region of Puerto Plata, located in the north of the Dominican Republic. It will benefit 128,000 Dominicans of lower class neighborhoods of this tourist area. It will also drive the government to the creation of legal framework and a national strategy for the water sector.

The initiative will be executed by a coordinating unit of the Secretariat for the State of Economy, Zoning and Development (SEEPYD for its initials in Spanish) and of the Water and Sewage Corporation of Puerto Plata (CORAAPLATA).

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AGRICULTURAL AND FARMING PROJECT FOR VALLE DE JUANCHO
Funding Organization: Empresa Generadora de Electricidad Haina - EGE Haina, (Electric Power Company of Haina) and the Consorcio Energético Punta Cana-Macao –CEPM (Energy Consortium of Punta Cana-Macao)
Total Cost: US$90 million
Duration: 20 years
Status: Active

The first wind park of the Dominican Republic is already under construction. It is a joint venture of Empresa Generadora de Electricidad Haina (EGE Haina) and Consorcio Energético Punta Cana-Macao (CEPM) which will save the country an estimated US$20 million in over 200,000 barrels of oil a year, alleviating the nation’s dependence on high-priced crude oil.

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DIEGO DE OCAMPO INTEGRATED MOUNTAIN MANAGEMENT PROJECT
Executing Organization: Sociedad EcolĂłgica del Cibao SOECI (Cibao Ecologic Society)
Status: Active

For over 15 years a series of projects have been underway with the goal of preserving and improving the valuable surroundings of this natural monument, which is the highest area of the Cordillera Septentrional (Dominican mountain range).

The purpose of this project is to regulate the flow of visitors to the natural monument, Monumento Natural Diego de Ocampo in the Dominican mountain range, with the objective of protecting the natural resources of the place in a more efficient way, while at the same time enabling the systematic promotion of the values preserved there, their importance to the ecosystem and as a teaching resource. To achieve this, a plan has been laid out which involves the young members of the communities in this purpose, with the understanding that they are the best prospects for training, and this will provide them with the opportunity of outperforming and benefiting directly from the cost applied to access to this protected area.

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PROJECT FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF SUSTAINABLE FISHING IN THE CALETA COMMUNITY
Executing Organization: Reef Check
Status: Active

This project consists of workshops for the fishing community in La Caleta, in particular the Cooperativa de Pescadores y Prestadores de Servicios Turísticos de La Caleta – COOPRESCA (Fishing and Tourist Industry Service Provider Cooperative), and of the creation of artificial habitats (lobster houses) to be placed in specific areas designed for said purpose.

Lobster populations are currently in a deteriorated condition caused by the degradation of their natural habitat, and the poor enforcement of the closed hunting or reproduction seasons. In addition, at present, the country does not have a preservation program in place for this species, which makes its recovery even more uncertain.

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JATROPHA BIODIESEL PROJECT
Funding Organization: Inter-American Development Bank
Total Cost: US$750,000.00
Status: Active

This company is considering the development of a farming mechanism to plant jatropha, market jatropha oil and install biodiesel refineries in the country’s northwest region. Feasibility studies will include an analysis of pricing and incentives, as well as ways to increase the size of the jatropha oil market.

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PROJECT TO SUPPORT THE FOOD AND AGRICULTURAL SECTOR’S TRANSITION TOWARDS COMPETITIVENESS
Funding Organization: IDB
Total Cost: US$ 61,110,000.00
Duration: 300 months (25 years)
Status: Active

The purpose of the project is to increase the efficiency of Dominican farming with the objective of improving competitiveness in the sector and ultimately reducing the levels of poverty in rural areas. To do so, a system will be put in place to support the adoption of new technologies which are more efficient than the instruments currently used. In addition, the sanitary and food hygiene systems will be improved. In addition to these actions, the project will fund the design of reforms to commercial policies and other required changes associated with the public agro sector.

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PROJECT TO CONSOLIDATE THE REFORM TO POTABLE WATER AND SANITATION AND ITS MODERNIZATION
Funding Organization: IDB/OC/FFI
Total Cost: US$89,000,000.00
Duration: 24o months (20 years)
Status: Active

The main objective of the project is provide potable water and sanitation services nationwide, with the quality and coverage levels established by competent authorities, at the lowest cost possible, and under environmentally and economically sustainable schemes. To achieve this goal, the project will strive to drive the companies who operate these services to act as private suppliers in competitive markets.

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BAIGUA PRODUCTIVE RECONVERSION PROJECT
Funding Organization: INDRHI, UNESCO
Total Cost: US$62,585.79
Duration: 16 months
Status: Active

This project will establish a management plan that will guarantee the sustainability of the quality of waters that irrigate the Baiguá Productive Reconversion Project. It will be put in place by Centro para la Gestión Sostenible de los Recursos Hídricos en los Estados Insulares del Caribe- CEHICA (Center for the Sustainable Management of Water Resources in the Insular States of the Caribbean), sponsored by the INDRHI (National Institute of Water Resources), which operates in the countries of the Insular Caribbean.

The project will evaluate the quality of irrigation waters and soils that are part of the project, as well as the climate conditions of the area, with the purpose of creating a management plan that will not only ensure the sustainability of the aquifer’s quality, but also train Baiguá irrigation users in the best practices for its management.

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DUQUESA LANDFILL ELECTRIC GENERATION FEASIBILITY PROJECT
Funding Organization: Bionersis
Total Cost: €15,628,274
Duration: 10 years
Status: Active

The project aims to build, manage and store a supply of landfill gas (LFG) and a light signaling system on the Duquesa Landfill in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The equipment includes, among other things, a gas collection network, extraction equipment, and a burn station composed of a high temperature closed torch, as well as safety and control systems.

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JARAGUA-BAHORUCO-ENRIQUILLO BIOSPHERE RESERVE
Managing Organization: MINISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES (SEMARENA)
Status: Active

For over a decade, the creation of a Biosphere Reserve in the southern region of the Dominican Republic has been in place. Granted by the UNESCO’s International Coordinating Council, the category of Biosphere Reserves designates zones for the conservation of geographical areas, habitats or ecosystems that remain unaltered by human actions and which are inhabited by species that are representative of the nation’s biodiversity, including those that are considered endemic, threatened or in danger of extinction.

On November 6, 2002, reserve No. 412, known under the name Jaragua - Bahoruco - Enriquillo Biosphere Reserve was designated by the UNESCO. With an area of 5,770 Km2, the reserve is located in the southeast region of the Dominican Republic, latitude 18o01'19" North and longitude 71o34'34" West. It includes three bio-geographical regions in the Caribeean: 'Hoya del Lago Enriquillo', 'Sierra de Bahoruco' and 'Procurrente de Barahona'. It also includes islands and keys with high levels of endemic species.

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QUISQUEYA VERDE
Executing organization: MINISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES (SEMARENA)
Status: Active

The Quisqueya Verde plan was put in motion by the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources in 1997, with the objective of increasing the forest cover through reforestation activities, community forest programs, the protection of drainage basins and the improvement of the regulatory framework for the forestry sector. The program has been a great success, as the nation’s forest cover has improved from 27% in 1997 to 33% in 2008. This national plan currently operates with the support of over 70 communities in the country.

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