16.Sept.2019: Recently, an exchange of experiences took place between officials from environmental institutions in Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic to strengthen the capacities of the Commission that will elaborate the regulations of the Law on Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) in the Dominican Republic
Among the members of the Commission are the Manager of the Yaque del Norte PES Program, the Head of the PES Program of the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources, the Technical Director of the Marena Fund, the Planning Director of the Empresa de Generación Hidroeléctrica Dominicana (EGEHID), the Director of the Dominican Environmental Association, and the Director of Environmental Management of the Corporation of Aqueducts and Sewers of Santiago (CORAASAN).
The objective of this exchange is to strengthen the capacities of the members of the Commission in such a way that they can count on a practical reference for the elaboration of the normative instrument.
Thereby, the experience is known in depth from the formulation of normative instruments to the implementation of a financial mechanism of payment for ecosystem services (PES) of Costa Rica through the National Forest Fund (FONAFIFO).
The Vice-Minister of Natural Resources of the Ministry of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica, Pamela Castillo, participated in the meeting and highlighted the importance of Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) being inserted in the country's development policies, as well as strategic planning and the transparency of funds management.
This activity is part of the action plan of the Green Development Fund for the SICA region, through which the improvement of essential ecosystem services for adaptation to climate change is sought and in this way national environmental financing mechanisms are strengthened.
The Green Development Fund for the SICA region/REDD Landscape is a regional program financed by the  European Union together with the Federal Ministry of the Environment of the Republic of Germany (BMU) and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in coordination with the Central American Commission on Environment and Development (CCAD). Its objective is to reduce vulnerability to climate change in degraded areas of Central America and the Dominican Republic through the restoration of ecosystems and landscapes.
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