Dominican Republic


A mangrove forest in the karst landscape of the south coast of Samana Bay in the Dominican Republic. Photo Credit: Mark Godfrey, The Nature Conservancy

The Small Island Developing States (SIDS) of the Caribbean are among the world’s most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, and is the second most hazard-prone area in the world, facing significant annual losses from hurricanes, tropical storms, and cyclones. While these losses are expected to grow with increased storm frequency and intensity, ecosystem-based adaptation (EBA) and significantly reduce risk and avert economic losses. While the Dominican Republic has prioritized climate change adaptation, challenges to implementation persist from insufficient baseline data to financial gaps. Together with key stakeholders include governments, communities, NGOs, and the private sector, TNC and IFRC will develop and test an innovative adaptation toolkit that will promote better decision making around disaster risk management and climate adaptation.

Fishermen at dawn in Boca de Yuma near Parque Nacional del Este, Dominican Republic. Photo credit: Carolyn Drake



The project team will work with the National Council for Climate Change and Clean Development Mechanism (NCCC), Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, and activities will align with the Dominican Republic (DR)’s National Policy on Climate Change (Decree 269-15). This national policy prioritizes the development of climate change adaptation actions compatible with environmental protection, preservation of ecosystems, conservation and recovery of natural resources, and protection of communities to climate risks under the joint action of the central government, local governments and civil society organizations.



By 2020, the government of the Dominican Republic will have a clear pipeline of EBA projects for two communities. Subsequently, the communities will: conduct a vulnerability capacity assessment (VCA), create a checklist of EBA approaches for the community, write a guide for how to adapt community planning tools to integrate EBA solutions, and generate a mobile app for community resilience planning.