GNF - Lower Yuna National Park & Mangroves, Dom. Republic
 

Sustainable Management of the Mangroves of the Lower Yuna National Park

Protection and development of ecosystem services in coastal ecosystems to safeguard the ecological and economic sustainability of coastal communities in the Dominican Republic

 

Global Nature Fund has been working in the Dominican Republic for years and project after project, we renovated our commitment in trying to protect the local environment and to give the communities a possibility for a better livelihood.

 

Dr. Thomas Schafer, GNF head of the Conservation Unit, during one of his project trips, got to know Patricia Lamelas, executive director of CEBSE- Centro para la Conservación y Ecodesarrollo de la Bahía de Samaná y su Entorno . From this acquaintance, the idea of our project was born!

 

CEBSE is an organization that works in Samaná Bay and has to be confronted daily with the local reality which is the degradation of the Mangroves ecosystem in Mangroves of the Lower Yuna National Park and the always more difficult economic and social situation of the surrounding community of Sanchez.

 

GNF and CEBSE have then decided to join forces and apply for one of the grants offered by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), which will help restoring 80 hectares of precious mangroves forest and create a new park management plan, as well as giving to the local community a large number of new economic opportunities. The restoration of those mangroves in fact, not only will involve the local inhabitants in the rehabilitation activities in a service-to service exchange, but also give room for brand new Eco-touristic activities and pro-biodiversity businesses.

 

Within the three-year project, we commit to carry out numerous activities to raise awareness about the value and the benefits provided by the Mangroves of the Lower Yuna National Park. Moreover, we will offer workshops to form and train the local community to establish new business activities that respect and benefit from a preserved ecosystem.

 

We will not stop at only theoretical trainings but also give to the local inhabitants different concreate economic opportunities. GNF and CEBSE will in fact establish a new route to offer a Kayak and bout eco-tour in the Mangroves of Lower Yuna National Park, build a new trail for birdwatching guided-tours as well as create a new women organization that will be provided with tools and guidance to start new business activities and much more.

 

Global Nature Fund wants to thank the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), that approved our grant and the Tui Care Foundation, that accepted to co-fund this project and make our idea a concreate reality

Supporters:

 German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
 TUI Care Foundation

Project Partner:

 Centro para la Conservación y Eco-Desarrollo de la Bahía de Samaná y su Entorno, CEBSE Inc.
 

Contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals

The project should make a concrete contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

 
 Goal 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
 Goal 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation an and halt biodiversity loss
 Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
 Goal 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
 Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
 Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
 

Contact persons

 

Mr David Marchetti
Global Nature Fund – Office Radolfzell
Phone: +49 7732 9995 86
E-mail: marchetti@globalnature.org

 

Mr Dr. Thomas Schaefer

Global Nature Fund (GNF) – Office Radolfzell

Phone: +49 7732 9995 89

E-mail: schaefer@globalnature.org

 
 

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Project Partner:

Protection and development of ecosystem services in coastal ecosystems to safeguard the ecological and economic sustainability of coastal communities in the Dominican Republic

 

January 2020 - December 2022

  

Dominican Republic

 

German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), TUI Care Foundation

 

Center for the Conservation and Eco-Development of the Bay of Samaná and its Surrounding (CEBSE), Dominican Republic