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Dominican Republic technicians trained in hurricane mitigation

  • Together with experts from CATIE and CIFOR, they analyzed how to mitigate the effects of these phenomena, highlighting the role of mangroves.

April 29, 2019. In order to exchange information with technicians from the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of the Dominican Republic, universities and the private sector on the damage caused by hurricanes, as well as the role of mangroves in mitigating these in the insular Caribbean, a conference with experts from the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) was held on April 24.

The conference was attended by Rosa Román, CIFOR specialist in Kenya, Africa.

The conference presented the results of the damage caused by hurricanes in the insular Caribbean and the resilience measures that should be taken in the countries, including the care of mangrove-based ecosystems.,

Alfredo Mena, CATIE representative in the Dominican Republic, explained that Román's participation is part of the CATIE-CIFOR alliance to provide assistance to governments, via the ministries of the environment, which are the competent authority in the countries.  

During his visit, Román also spoke with the highest level technical and political authorities of the government of the Dominican Republic, with agencies of the international community and with academia to identify areas of collaboration that are priorities for the country in which CIFOR and CATIE can assist, in a coordinated manner, and under the leadership of the government.

In addition, he met with specialists from the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Development, as well as with the deans of the Faculty of Sciences of the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD) and the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources of the Pedro Henríquez Ureña National University (UNPHU, its Spanish acronym). Finally, he shared with representatives of the University Foundation.

 

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Alfredo Mena
CATIE Representative in the Dominican Republic
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