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They will analyze the opportunities of sargassum for the Dominican Republic

A panel of specialists will analyze the national experiences of collecting sargassum, available collection technologies and the opportunities that it could offer the country.

They will analyze the opportunities of sargassum for the Dominican Republic

SANTO DOMINGO. The Center for Environmental Management (CEGA) and the Doctoral Program of Environmental Sciences of the Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC) announced the virtual conference "The massive influx of sargassum to the Dominican Republic, experiences and challenges", which will be broadcast on Thursday, July 15, at 4:00 p.m., live through the university's YouTube channel.

The activity will feature a panel of specialists from various universities and institutions with the aim of analyzing this phenomenon and its causes, the country's experiences in harvesting sargassum, ongoing research for its use, and environmental protection strategies for ecosystems.

The program begins with the participation of Rafael Méndez Tejeda, from Northwestern University (Chicago, United States), who will deal with “The influence of Climate Change on the massive influx of sargassum”; Yaset Rodríguez, from INTEC, will present on "Sargassum, its composition and norms for use"; Jake Kheel from the Punta Cana Group Foundation, will present on "Experiences in the collection of sargassum"; while Andrés Bisonó from the SOS Carbon company will discuss "New ecological technologies for the collection of sargassum in the sea.

Atilio de Frías, from the Federico Henríquez y Carvajal University (UFHEC) will present "Methane efficiency in the biodigestion of sargassum"; Yessica Castro Estévez, from APEC, will discuss "Anaerobic codigestion of sargassum to obtain biogas"; while Ulises Jáuregui-Haza, from INTEC, will address “Prospects for obtaining activated carbon from sargassum and its applications”. The program will continue with Miguel Cohn, from VIDAAGUA, who will speak on "The social opportunity of sargassum landings" and Rolando Liranzo, from INTEC, on "Challenges for research and development of management systems for sargassum management."

At the close, the Ministry of Tourism will present "Projections for the massive influx of sargassum" and the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources will present the "Strategies for the environmental protection of ecosystems against sargassum."

The moderation of the event will be in charge of Elena del Conte, CEGA coordinator.

Sargassum is a macroalgae that has impacted the Caribbean coasts since 2011. The Dominican Republic registered its record number of sargassum invasions in 2018, with 1165 linear kilometers of beach affected and a volume of 2,424,800 cubic meters of sargassum, affecting ecosystems coastal, tourism and fishing. Its influx is a cyclical phenomenon that has been studied for two decades in terms of the causes that originate and strengthen it.

This virtual event will expose, through the most important actors in the country, the advances obtained to date regarding the study of this phenomenon, the experiences carried out in the various management practices; as well as the threats and potential that we face in the future in our region.

Those interested can see it live and activate a reminder through this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOKpMWCBs-o

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