Ocean Action Hub

Welcome to the Dominican Republic Ocean National Consultation page, where you can find resources related to the National Consultation and implementation of SDG 14 : Life below Water in the Dominican Republic. Consultations took place at various locations throughout the country on 8, 10, 12, 15 and 17 May 2017 (see below for full details).

About the Dominican Republic and the Ocean

The Dominican Republic, a small island developing state (SIDS) in the Caribbean, relies heavily on foreign revenue from tourism. As a result, all ocean and ocean conservation-related issues are intrinsically linked to the tourism sector, and a multidimensional approach is needed when considering ocean issues in the country.

Healthy coastal ecosystems are vital to the Dominican Republic; they protect the white sandy beaches essential to the country’s tourism, provide habitats for commercial fish populations and options for future economic growth.

Healthy coastal ecosystems are also the most cost effective way to protect coastal areas and populations from the impacts of climate change, particularly in a country like the Dominican Republic, considered one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to climate change. 76% of the country’s coastal areas are legally protected under the national system of Protected Areas. However, the management of these protected areas requires considerable strengthening to achieve their objectives.

The country’s coastal and marine biodiversity is of regional and global importance. For example, Samana Bay and the wider marine sanctuary protect a major percentage of the North Atlantic population of female calving humpback whales. The Dominican Republic Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan 2011–2030 is harmonized with the global biodiversity strategy, and as such, many of its goals contribute to the fulfillment of SDG 14.

Latest

10 May - Samana; 10 May - Puerto Plata; 12 May - Punta Cana; 15 May - Barahona; 17 May - Santo Domingo.

Event Date:
01/05/2017 - 04:15 to 17/05/2017 - 13:15
Official

Multisectorial consultation on the state of the oceans. This event brings together participants from various sectors:

Event Date:
10/05/2017 - 09:00
Approved

Multisectorial consultation on the state of the oceans. This event brings together participants from various sectors:

Event Date:
12/05/2017 - 09:00
Approved

As a participant in the national consultation held in Samaná, Danilo Reyes tells us about the link between the community and the sea.

Approved

As a participant in the national consultation held in Samaná, Salvador Alcalá tells us about the problems related to the oceans, seas and underwater life.

Approved

In the national consultation of Samaná, Ileana González tells us about the situation that the community faces due to its relationship with the sea.

Approved

Multi-sectoral consultation on the state of the ocean.

Event Date:
10/05/2017 - 09:00
Official
Protecting its oceans and life below water (SDG 14) is of paramount importance...
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