UN CC:Learn in the Dominican Republic
Strengthening Human Resources and Skills to Address Climate Change
As a small Caribbean island state, the Dominican Republic is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. In order to strengthen individual skills and institutional capacities to foster green and climate resilient development, the country is implementing a national UN CC:Learn Project. Through the Project the country is taking a strategic and results-oriented approach to climate change learning with involvement of key sectors and stakeholders.
The UN CC:Learn Project in the Dominican Republic was initiated end of 2011 and is being implemented over a period of 24 months. The Project aims to foster a systematic and country-driven process to strengthen human resources and skills to advance green, low emission and climate resilient development. It is implemented under the leadership of the National Council for Climate Change and the Clean Development Mechanism (CNCCMDL).
Between November 2011 and July 2012 about 15 meetings and workshops took place that culminated in the launch of the National Strategy to Strengthen Human Resources and Skills to Advance Green, Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development by the Vice President of the Dominican Republic on 7 August 2012.
The UN CC:Learn Project in the Dominican Republic is implemented under the leadership of the National Council on Climate Change and Clean Development Mechanism (CNCCMDL), which brings together 11 Government sectors. In addition the National Coordination Mechanism for the UN CC:Learn Project also comprises non-governmental stakeholders such as universities, private sector and civil society organizations. The National Strategy has been developed through 15 meetings and workshops involving over 500 participants.
The National Climate Change Learning Strategy
The Vice-President of the Dominican Republic launched the National Strategy to Strengthen Human Resources and Skills to Advance Green, Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development on 7 August 2012 in Santo Domingo. The overall goal of the Strategy is to create a national framework for coordinated and enhanced action to strengthen learning relevant for green, low emission and climate resilient development in the country.
The Strategy sets out a vision for 2030 that “the Dominican society has an education system and implements public policies that generate institutional capacities and human resources to address the challenges of climate change adaptation and mitigation.” The National Climate Change Learning Strategy is directly linked to the National Development Strategy (2030) of the Dominican Republic and other policy instruments which promote a new model of low emission and climate resilient development.
The Strategy is implemented through a National Implementation Platform which facilitates the mobilization of resources, coordinate implementation of Priority Actions, and fosters regular dissemination of information and learning materials among key partners.
UN Support to Address Climate Change
The United Nations Development Action Framework (UNDAF) 2012–2016 established the road map for the cooperation between the Government and the UN system in the Dominican Republic. Climate Change has been incorporated in the framework of the environmental sustainability and risk management area.
Several UN agencies in the Dominican Republic are supporting climate change related activities.
- The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is supporting multiple projects which include:
- Preparation of the third National Communication to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
- Implementation of the Green, Low-Emission and Climate-Resilient Development Strategy.
- Implementation of the National REDD Programme and the Green Border Project which promotes reforestation of the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. This project is implemented by UNDP in partnership with the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the World Food Programme (WFP).
- Development of the rural electrification programme using renewable energy sources.
- Implementation of adaptation measures in vulnerable areas.
- The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) are leading activities for improving soil resilience to climate change variability and reducing greenhouse gas emissions from farm lands.
- The World Food Programme (WFP) in Dominican Republic is active in the area of climate change and food security.
- The International Labor Organization (ILO) has been providing technical support to technical and vocational education and training institutions (TVET), for developing learning standards and curricula for green jobs.
- The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) provides assistance for integrating disaster risk reduction into education.
- The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is working on population dynamics, migration and climate change.