The Dominican Republic
A laboratory in the Dominican Republic takes part in the ‘Caribbean Coastal Marine Productivity (CARICOMP) field project’. Coral reef, mangrove and seagrass sites in the Parque Nacional del Este are monitored. The collected output of such monitoring, throughout the region, was published as CSI Papers 3 ‘CARICOMP. Caribbean Coral Reef, Seagrass and Mangrove Sites’. In addition to continued support for systematic biological monitoring, a particular effort is being made at a selected number of sites to analyse the socio-economic and cultural dynamics of natural resource use. A national site director attended Site Directors meetings, in Cancún, Mexico in November 1996 and in Blackrock, Trinidad and Tobago in May 1998, for information exchange with, and technical assistance from, the CARICOMP Steering Committee. A specialist from the Republic attended a seminar on the ‘Study and Management of the Coastal Areas of Haiti’ (Port-au-Prince, Haiti, December 1996); another specialist attended a workshop on the ‘Relationship between Health and Climatological Variability’ (Panama, June 1996).
A resource book for schools of the Caribbean region ‘Glimpses of the Blue Caribbean’ was published jointly with the Associated Schools Project, as CSI papers 5, in 2000. A teacher from the Dominican Republic participated in the ASPNet-CSI Sandwatch workshop in St. Lucia in May 2001. Teacher-training workshops in beach monitoring were held in October and November 2001, as were field workshops for school children on beach monitoring.
The Small Islands Voice project started in January 2002. Its goals are to overcome the isolation of small islands by providing their citizens, including young people, with opportunities to voice their opinions on environmental and development issues in a variety of ways: radio, television, print and Internet-based debate. In this way the general public will be able to contribute to the 10-year review of the ‘Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Islands Developing States’ adopted in Barbados in 1994; and play a more effective role in decision-making in their islands. The Dominican Republic is involved in the project through the Small Islands Voice Internet-based global forum.