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Term Coastal and marine resources

According to the General Law on Environment and Natural Resources (Law 64-00) of the Dominican Republic, coastal-marine resources are the goods and material services comprising Dominican territorial waters, lagoons, underwater continental platforms, coastlines, bays, islands, keys, capes, estuaries, mangroves, coral reefs, underwater vegetation, observation sites of scenic beauty, as well as biotic and abiotic resources within these waters and associated ecosystems.1

The country’s  National System of Protected Areas, includes some coastal marine protected areas, which are interconnected via ocean currents. The protected areas in the Atlantic coast are Rincón bay in Samaná, Los Haitises National Park, the Marine Mammal Sanctuary and the Monte Cristi National Park. The protected areas on the Caribbean coast include: the panoramic view over Macao, Bavaro, Punta Cana and Laguna de Bavaro; El Este National Park; La Caleta Underwater National Park; and Jaragua National Park.

1 Rymer, C.; Humblet, E.; Ndaba, N. Impactos Hídricos del Cambio Climático en la Republica Dominicana: Proyecciones y Opciones Políticas; Programa MPA-ESP; Universidad de Columbia: Nueva York, NY, 2008.


Topic  BiodiversitySustainable developmentProtected areasSoil and water