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A year ago, SalvaTerra finalized one of its most ambitious studies on the adaptation of the agricultural sector to climate change (CC)…

6 October 2022

A year ago, SalvaTerra finalized one of its most ambitious studies on the adaptation of the agricultural sector to climate change (CC)…

Financed through the Adapt'Action facility of the French Development Agency, the "Project to support the agricultural sector of the Dominican Republic in a context of CC" was implemented by SalvaTerra and its partners, with two main objectives:

- Assess the CC vulnerability of six agricultural production systems and strategic regions (photo), then prioritize two to develop an adaptation action plan.

- Evaluate the offer of meteorological services to agriculture and propose a roadmap for their improvement and development by the National Office of Meteorology (ONAMET).

This study allowed us to deepen the level of current scientific knowledge on the potential risks and impacts of CC in the Dominican Republic, and to organize a series of consultations, from the most local level to political decision-makers, to identify and prioritize actions to be taken.

To meet the first objective, 22 adaptation options comprising 93 specific activities were selected in order to (i) strengthen the integral management of water resources at the watershed level, (ii) disseminate good agricultural practices to increase crop resilience, (iii) strengthening producer organisations, in particular as regards risk management, and and (iv) strengthen the integration of adaptation into sectoral planning within government.

The roadmap for the development of meteorological services included proposals for (i) strengthening the production of meteorological data, (ii) improving communication channels and interoperability of data between institutions, (iii) strengthening producer advisory structures, and (iv) diversification and increase of ONAMET’s sources of funding.

The project was implemented in partnership with EGIS Water, Meteodyn and IRD as well as with the REDDOM Foundation and Guakía Ambiente.

Photo: CC vulnerability mapping of bean production in San Juan province (Guakia Ambiente)


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