10 May 2017 - Samaná, Dominican Republic - The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of the Dominican Republic, with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), initiated the Ocean National Consultation to improve the preservation of marine waters and biodiversity.
The first consultation held in Samaná is part of a series of five consultations to be held in Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, Barahona and Santo Domingo from May 8th through May 17th, with the voluntary participation of individuals from the private sector, youth, media and local government as a prelude to the global Ocean Conference in New York next month.
For the national consultation to be effective, the involvement of stakeholders from all sectors of society is key. The recollection of available data, identification of existing commitments and the development of necessary technical knowledge and skills, as well as the management of resources and the information obtained during the process are also necessary.
The activity took place in the Center for the Conservation and Ecodevelopment of the Bay of Samaná; with the participation of Nina Lysenko representing the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, María Eugenia Morales from the UNDP Environment and Climate Change unit and the support of biologist Sixto Incháustegui who moderated the process.
The Ocean Conference will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York starting June 5th and will promote an end to the deterioration of the oceans for the benefit of the environment and the population. It will also support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14: “conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development”, to promote public awareness of the importance of this objective in the framework of the 2030 Agenda.
Photo: Mario Peiró - UNDP D.R.