Who

We’re building networks linking government, civil society organizations, coastal communities and high schools and colleges.

What

Improving climate resiliency in one of the world’s most vulnerable ecosystems.

Where

Bayahibe, Puntacana and Montecristi National Park in the Dominican Republic.

How

Training government, businesses, organizations and students on ways to mitigate climate change.

 

Challenge

The Dominican Republic is one of the top 10 countries in the world impacted by climate change. To combat this challenge, more must be done to equip the people of the Dominican Republic to develop locally-owned strategies for climate resiliency, especially community organizations and youth who will be responsible for conserving local ecosystems for future generations.

Promise

Counterpart’s Coastal Climate Resiliency Program promotes climate resiliency in the Dominican Republic. Through partnership with local organizations, the program sets out to strengthen climate resiliency efforts at the national level, educate and engage youth about coastal conservation and strengthen the capacity of local organizations working toward coastal climate resiliency. The program is designed to build the capacity of local partners and communities to manage and maintain activities moving forward, ensuring project sustainability and community ownership of solutions.

Impact

Within the life of the program, we will:

  • increase the amount of coastal mangroves and coral nurseries protected to improve the country’s climate resiliency;
  • support sustainable rice farming, fishing and tourism;
  • train fishing associations to promote coastal resiliency;
  • educate high school and college students about climate resiliency;
  • support youth in researching and writing about climate resiliency;
  • build networks between businesses and the national government;
  • produce and share climate resiliency recommendations with policymakers.

Sustainable Development Goals Addressed

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Partners

Funders: Paul & Maxine Frohring Foundation; MacArthur Foundation.
Collaborators: University of Miami; Punta Cana Ecological Foundation; Hiram College; Asociacion de Productores Agropecuarios de la Frontera, Inc. (AgroFrontera).

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