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Caribbean Medium Grant

Action to promote climate resilience through improved management and sustainable livelihoods in the Enriquillo Lake National Park and surrounding communities

Conservancy Key landscape for conservation Key biodiversity area
Livelihoods Management effectiveness Governance
Local communities Farmers/Fishermen Women
Livelihoods/Alternative economic Activities Ecosystem/Habitat restoration Management plan
447,870.03 EUR Dominican Republic, Caribbean October 14, 2020 – October 10, 2023

Protected and conserved area(s) concerned

Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance; 900786.

Diagnostic tool used

Management Efficiency Tools

The BIOPAMA AC Objective(s) addressed

  • Improved biodiversity conservation, sustainable management of natural resources, ecosystem services and resilient livelihoods of local people in Enriquillo Lake National Park and its surroundings;
  • Strengthened the management of the protected area and sustainable livelihoods of the surrounding communities, increasing resilience and adaptation to climate change, improved sustainability of community livelihoods.

Priority need addressed

The project seeks to address the improvement of management and governance of priority protected areas by addressing existing constraints and, on the other hand, to support local community initiatives aimed at improving the livelihoods of local people, while contributing effectively to the management of protected areas. The main results expected during the implementation of the project are to strengthen the system of protection and surveillance of protected areas, improved governance of natural resources in the environment of the protected area and improved sustainability of community livelihoods.

Project activities

During the period of execution of the project, activities will be carried out to increase the efficiency of the management, through trainings of the protected areas, construction and maintenance of the infrastructure of protection and surveillance, planning and surveillance, training to personnel and delivery of protection and surveillance equipment.

Additionally, for the development of the municipalities, a Committee of participation will be established for the surveillance of the management plan and a Fund of Conservation and Ecodevelopment will be designed and installed for the financial sustainability of the protected area. It is expected to incorporate good agricultural practices in the environment of the protected Area. Finally, it is expected to make a participatory diagnosis of the vulnerability to the risk of flooding of the residents and to support the sustainable productive activities.

The change the project implementation will bring for the protected area(s)

The project will provide a better understanding of the dynamics of vulnerable ecosystems and initiate ecological restoration actions, allowing the dynamics and populations of crocodiles and iguanas to be better-known, protected and suitable breeding sites to be provided. The project will also train personnel for protection and surveillance, visitor services and supervision of the species. The protected area will have the necessary equipment for its adequate management. On the other hand, the information for the access, knowledge and orientation of the visitors and the community will be improved allowing that the limits of the zone are visible on the land mainly in the zones of greater human presence or of agricultural activities. On the other hand, through training and awareness workshops the population will gain knowledge about climate change, the protected area and alternative livelihoods and will seek to improve solid waste management at the municipal level, reducing its carryover into water bodies and the community.

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Implementing organisations

Project Lead

National Fund for the Environment and Natural Resources, Sur Futuro Foundation and the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources

Photo credits: Karen Hedeman, Sur Futuro Foundation

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