Dominican Republic to have first National Climate Risk Atlas

Max Puig, informed that the Dominican Republic will have, for the first time in its history, a National Climate Risk Atlas, a fundamental element for developing the country’s capacity to adapt to the effects of climate change.

During a meeting with the Consultative Committee of that institution, formed by representatives of the private sector and in 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 the vulnerabilities, social, infrastructure, economic and environmental that the country presents in each 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 international financing and private investments available to the country to improve adaptation and resilience to the effects of weather events that, according to experts, will continue to intensify in the coming years,” he said.

In this regard and in the framework of the meeting with representatives of the private sector, he stressed that the National Council for Climate Change is advancing studies to accompany the national business community in the measurement and reduction of the carbon footprint, in order 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 their emissions, but it will also serve the country to make transparent and verifiable the figures we report as a nation and therefore, more easily access international climate finance. It will also allow us to measure progress in reducing carbon emissions by 27% in the baseline scenario for the year 2030, remembering that 5% of that emissions reduction is the responsibility of the private sector,” said Puig.

During the meeting, an agenda of relevant topics was also discussed, such as the participation and technical documentation that the Dominican Republic delegation will have at its disposal for COP 26 and corporate climate action, the latter presented by the technical director of the institution, Alan Ramírez.

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, Alvín Rodríguez; the general coordinator of Citizen Participation, Leidy Blanco García; the executive director of ADOCEM, Julissa Báez; the general manager of Fundación Popular, Elías Dinzey; and the executive president of Fundación Reservas del País, María Isabel Pérez. Also participating virtually were representatives of the Propagas Foundation and the manager of the Environmental Management and Conservation program, Eladia Gesto.

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