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INTEC organizes panel on climate change with American academies during COP25

Since 2014, the university is part of the National Delegation of the Dominican Republic to the COP. Through the Observatory of Climate Change and Resilience of INTEC develops multiple investigations in favor of the environment

SANTO DOMINGO. - The Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC) organized a meeting between academic institutions and research of American continent, During the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25), with the aim of strengthening collaboration ties to generate and share knowledge, learned lessons, management y analysis of data, and recommendations for rationalize el design and the implementation of mitigation policies y adaptation to climate change

At the panel, carried out at the Capacity Development Center of COP25, carried out in Madrid, Spain, Solhanlle Bonilla, of INTEC, presented the project “Development and use of the i-Tree tool to explore the potential of infrastructure urban green as an adaptation strategy to climate change resilience in the City of Santo Domingo ”, which is funded by the NSF, also spoke about the progress of the Climate Change and Resilience Observatory of INTEC.

The Observatory functions as a knowledge platform to contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation. Its objective is to generate and share useful and valuable information to provide the Dominican Republic with the scientific knowledge necessary to reduce the impacts of climate change. The Observatory will also develop the necessary capacities to obtain and use this type of climatic information.

Also, Carol Franco Billini, from Virginia Tech and Associate Researcher at INTEC, presented the progress of the project “Analysis of cross-border ecosystem services: the situation of Hispaniola and the challenges of sustainable development”, developed by the research group of Ecosystem Services and Human Welfare of the INTEC formed by Franco and the Vice Chancellor for Research and Linking, Victor Gomez-Valenzuela y Solhanlle Bonilla. This project developed by INTEC is funded by the National Fund for Innovation and Scientific and Technological Development (FONDOCyT).

This research is carried out on the northeastern border of the Dominican Republic and Haiti to develop capacity on the importance of ecosystem services and their assessment. Knowledge, data and training have been provided and shared with the communities through participatory meetings and workshops. "The results of this project are of great importance for conservation, sustainable development and land use planning in the area," said Franco Billini.

Luis Marcelo Tavares, of the Federal University of Lavras in Brazil and Stella Shons of Virginia Tech, presented different projects that reflect the importance of research to address solutions for climate adaptation and mitigation in the territories

This Panel presented interesting learning opportunities on ongoing adaptation and mitigation initiatives and projects in different institutions and countries. It was also an opportunity to discuss the lessons learned from the research-based collaborative initiatives presented and the next steps, possibly generating advice for the future work of the initiatives that are presented and for those who are thinking of building this type of regional collaboration

What is the COP?

La Conference of the Parties (COP) is the organ of supreme decision of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), its twenty-fifth meeting organized and chaired by Chile, which held between December 2 and 13 in Madrid, the 197 parties that make up the treaty -196 nations plus the European Union-, seek to advance towards the implementation of the agreements that have been determined in the Convention that establishes specific obligations of all parties to combat climate change.

The first COP was held in Berlin in 1995. To date, 24 COPs have been made, the last one in Katowice, Poland, in December 2018.

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