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"Building Climate-Smart Territories" Conference Celebration
Dominican Republic, 8/19/2015

A study by the World Bank ranks Santo Domingo as the 5th city more vulnerable to global climate change in the world, whose effects have already begun to be felt in the rising sea levels, more severe periods of drought and storms and more violent hurricanes.

Thus began Ian Monroe, expert at Stanford University, his lecture entitled "Building Climate-Smart Territories", in a forum sponsored by the Regional Climate Change Program of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Tropical Agricultural Center for Research and Education (CATIE, by its Spanish acronym) and Sur Futuro Foundation, also revealing that a number of diseases associated with climate phenomena are affecting humans, plants and animals.

During the conference he stressed that studies by the Pan American Health Organization (OPS, by its Spanish acronym) show that there is a correlation between the increase of temperature with increasing mosquitoes causing diseases such as malaria and West Nile virus.

They also released the latest data on the physical effects of climate change and its impacts, and responses of the productive and financial sectors to this weather phenomenon on agriculture and tourism economic activities, among others.

Patrick M. Dunn, in charge of Business Affairs for the US Embassy, said the conference will promote a dialogue and the generation of proposals for the sectors involved to contribute to the national and regional processes that will generate inputs to strengthen the country in adapting to climate change. The conference also identified gaps (bottlenecks) for better assessment of the measures to be implemented, to facilitate the adaptation of climate change on production processes.

In turn, the President of the Sur Futuro Foundation proposed the arrangement of a partnership between the public and private sector and communities with their representative organizations, without neglecting funding agencies and international cooperation organizations.

Source: http://surfuturo.org/noticias/conferencia-nacional-refuerza-las-capacidades-del-sector-empresarial-para-adaptarse-al-cambio-climatico/

Topic(s):    Environmental educationClimate