The Dominican Republic’s vibrant diversity of plants and animals attract scores of visitors from around the world. It is home to more than 5,600 plant species and 300 bird species. Residents appreciate the natural environment for its beauty but also depend upon it for food and as a source of livelihood. This is why The Nature Conservancy has helped establish national parks and marine managed areas around the country from Samana Bay to Parque Nacional del Este. These protected areas promote sustainable fisheries, coral reefs and mangroves conservation, and also support the government’s commitment to protect 20% of its marine and nearshore environment by 2020 through the Caribbean Challenge Initiative.
In addition to protecting the Dominican Republic’s marine resources, The Conservancy has formed strong partnerships with local groups to protect the forests and fresh water sources as well. Through water funds, the cities, industries and individuals who rely on fresh water can invest in sustaining it. These water funds can help support restore the natural systems that produce and filter water, ensuring that both nature and people in this great nation can flourish. Currently TNC is restoring ecosystems and introducing agricultural sustainable practices on four major watersheds: Yaque del Norte, Ozama, Haina and Nizao.
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