The Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) announced that the Dominican Republic will be the beneficiary of non-reimbursable financing for the development of an early warning system for the prevention of disasters caused by natural events, one of the areas in which the country is most exposed to the effects of climate change.
This was announced by Max Puig, executive vice-president of the National Council for Climate Change and Clean Development Mechanism (CNCCMFL), during his participation in the International Conference on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure of the Americas (ICDRI), held in the Ballroom of the National Press Club, in Washington DC, and sponsored by CDRI and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The event was attended by the Dominican Republic’s Ambassador to the United States, Sonia Guzman.
“In the Dominican Republic, this project will be implemented by the Emergency Operations Center (COE) and will allow this institution to issue alerts of floods or other natural events with potential damage to the population, so that citizens are informed in a timely manner and in time to ensure their safety in the face of events such as the one that occurred on November 4, 2022, which took us all by surprise due to the lack of an adequate warning system,” he said.
Puig explained that this project will also support the development of the Climate Risk Atlas that the country is building and will strengthen the capacities of the participating institutions.
Another regional project
The Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) also announced the approval of USD 750,000 in non-reimbursable cooperation for another project involving the country, as it is a regional initiative that will benefit the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba, which contemplates the improvement of water management infrastructure in schools in rural areas.
Both projects were developed with the participation of the National Emergency Commission; the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Development (Mepyd); the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of the Presidency, among other institutions, with the multisectoral coordination of the National Council for Climate Change and Clean Development Mechanism, as technical focal point of the CDRI in the Dominican Republic and governing body of public policies on climate change.
The International Conference on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure of the Americas (ICDRI) held in Washington D.C. is chaired by the Director General of the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI), Amit Prothi, and was attended by the 31 member countries of that organization along with the 8 accompanying organizations: World Bank Group; Asian Development Bank; UNDP; United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction; the Climate Resilient Investment Coalition; the European Union; the European Investment Bank; and the Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies.