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National Ecosystem 
Assessment.

Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic, along with Malawi, Thailand, and Botswana, forms Group III of the countries implementing the Global Initiative for National Ecosystem Assessment, coordinated by the United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC).

Developing the capacity to assess national ecosystems: linking policy, science, and practice in the Dominican Republic (NEA-RD). The project will conduct a comprehensive and critical review of existing knowledge about the selected ecosystems to provide answers to key questions formulated to guide the assessment process.

Global Initiative,
Local Execution

In the country, the implementation of the project 'Developing Capacity for National Ecosystem Assessment, Linking Policy, Science, and Practice (NEA-RD)' has been initiated. This project aims to generate a national assessment of the condition and trends of biodiversity and ecosystem services in the country, as well as the interrelationships between these and the Dominican population.

NEA-RD Pillars.

Gender Equality

Men and women possess specific and complementary knowledge about species, ecosystems, and biodiversity in their environment. Knowledge is generated through their different roles and daily activities, and as such, this complementary knowledge offers diverse solutions for biodiversity conservation, sustainable use, and ecosystem restoration. The application of gender approaches will contribute to ensuring that the perspectives, values, experiences, and knowledge of women and men are taken into account during the assessment process.

Local Knowledge

Local communities possess detailed and diverse knowledge of biodiversity and ecosystems. They are capable of identifying the pressures that affect the natural resources in their environment and utilize them for their own survival. This knowledge can significantly contribute to national ecosystem assessments. Due to their ongoing connection with nature, including livelihoods based on resources and the spirituality of community members, local communities offer valuable insights.

Private Sector

The management of biodiversity and ecosystems is generally included in sustainability issues and has an impact on the private sector. Therefore, the development and implementation of specific tools to address this issue are essential for the private sector to understand and incorporate policies for the sustainable use of resources in their business management.

Government Sector

Establishing strong links with different stakeholders within the government is essential to ensure that the assessment addresses relevant policy questions and meets the national demand for information on biodiversity and ecosystem services. Engaging government stakeholders allows for the integration of the assessment findings into policy development and decision-making processes. By involving government representatives from relevant departments and agencies, the assessment can align with national priorities and contribute to the development of effective policies and strategies for biodiversity conservation and sustainable ecosystem management.

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What is a national ecosystem assessment?

A national ecosystem assessment is a nationally-driven process to develop an updated, comprehensive, and critical synthesis of knowledge about biodiversity and ecosystem services and their interrelationships with people. These assessments are contextualized to meet national needs and address specific policy questions.

National ecosystem assessments establish the state and trends of biodiversity and ecosystem services in a specific country, the drivers of change, the present and future impacts of these drivers, the implications for those who depend on nature, and the effectiveness of interventions and responses to counter biodiversity loss.

National ecosystem assessments aspire to be credible, legitimate, and relevant by bringing together a variety of knowledge types and engaging a broad range of stakeholders. Their goal is to address specific policy issues to enhance the full consideration of nature's value in decision-making.

Evaluation
Process
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The national ecosystem assessment process focuses on key questions, synthesizing available information to inform the development and updating of strategies and action plans related to biodiversity and ecosystem services. In this regard, a consultation process with key stakeholders is carried out to define the guiding questions for the assessment process.

The answers to these questions will be provided through in-depth and critical analysis of existing information or the lack thereof, regarding a specific ecosystem or aspect within an ecosystem. The analysis will be conducted by the authors and collaborators of each chapter of the report.

Participating Institutions

Coordination and Execution

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Technical Support and Advisory

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The National Ecosystem Assessment is supported by

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Do you want to be part of the National Ecosystem Assessment in the Dominican Republic?

Please contact proyectoneard@hotmail.com and anat.cad@hotmail.com for more information.

The NEA-RD involves a large number of individuals to serve as experts and knowledge holders in the assessment process.

If you have experience in biodiversity and ecosystem services management in the Dominican Republic, particularly in the following areas: nature conservation and sustainable use, institutions and governance, direct and indirect drivers of change, transformation or loss, anthropogenic assets, benefits of nature for people (both natural and anthropogenic), and improving quality of life, you can be part of this assessment.

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