Dominican Republic will have the first National Climate Risk Atlas

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Dominican Republic will have the first National Climate Risk Atlas
Source: Presidencia República Dominicana
September 22, 2021

It will facilitate the management of risks and damages caused by meteorological events


The executive vice president of the National Council for Climate Change (CNCC), Max Puig, reported that the Dominican Republic will have, for the first time in history, a National Atlas of Climate Risk, a fundamental element to develop the country's adaptation capacities to the effects of change relative to climate.

During a meeting with the Advisory Committee of that institution, made up of representatives of the private sector and within the framework of the 13th Anniversary of the CNCC, Puig explained that this Atlas will be developed from the consolidation of all public information regarding social vulnerabilities, of infrastructure, economic and environmental that the country presents in each one of the regions.

“This Atlas will facilitate the management of risks and damages caused by Climate Change in the country, which in turn will make available to the country international financing and private investments to improve adaptation and resilience to the effects of meteorological events that According to experts, they will continue to intensify in the coming years, ”he said.

In this sense and in the context of the meeting with the representatives of the private sector, he highlighted that the National Council for Climate Change is advancing the studies to accompany the national business community in the measurement and reduction of the carbon footprint. This seeks to comply with the country's commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“Measuring the carbon footprint of companies will allow the private sector to know how much and how to reduce its emissions, but it will also help the country to make the figures that we report as a nation transparent and verifiable and, therefore, more easily access international climate finance. . In addition, it will allow us to measure progress to reduce carbon emissions by 27% in the trend scenario for the year 2030, remembering that 5% of this reduction in emissions is the responsibility of the private sector ", said the vice president of the CNCC, Max Puig.

At the meeting, an agenda of relevant issues was also exhausted, such as participation and technical documentation available to the delegation of the Dominican Republic for COP 26 and corporate climate action, the latter presented by the technical director of the institution, Alan Ramirez. 

Among those attending the meeting were the director of Fundación Tropigas, Indira Isabel Lorenzo; the executive director of Fundación Sur Futuro, Kathia Mejía; the executive director of ECORED, María Alicia Urbaneja; the president of RAUDO, Alvin Rodríguez; the general coordinator of Citizen Participation, Leidy Blanco García; the executive director of ADOCEM, Julissa Báez; the general manager of the Popular Foundation, Elías Dinzey, and the executive president of the Reserva del País Foundation, María Isabel Pérez. Representatives of the Propagas Foundation participated virtually; and the manager of the Environmental Management and Conservation program, Eladia Gesto.

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