Free and up-to-date climate information on the Dominican Republic posted online
The Observatory of Climate Change and Resilience, based at INTEC, offers data, diagnoses and interactive maps on its web portal for researchers, students, city hall planners and institutions
SANTO DOMINGO.- Through the portal infoclima.intec.edu.do of the Climate Change and Resilience Observatory, the Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC) makes available to researchers, urban planners and any person and institution interested in using updated climate information from the Dominican Republic, a series of studies, maps and climate data for free.
This was expressed by the Coordinator of the Observatory, Rosaura Pimentel, who highlighted that this type of portal data can be used by decision makers, investors and public infrastructure planners, promoters of real estate projects, personnel of risk and emergency management agencies, among others.
“The importance that in the Dominican Republic we have more and more information about our climate available is that both experts, technicians and researchers as well as the interested public can produce new information that facilitates decision-making in multiple areas essential for development and to optimize use. of resources ”, affirmed Pimentel.
The information available is also useful for those interested in land use planning issues, making demand projections and taking forecasts in sectors such as health (epidemiology), agriculture, food security, water resources management, construction, energy, commercial logistics, etc.
Pimentel, also a teacher and specialist in environmental management, adds that the availability of climate information represents an advance in the country's conditions to meet one of the sustainable development goals, SDG 13, which urges countries to adopt urgent measures to combat climate change and its effects.
The observatory's website enriches the offer of climate information on the country with links to the main national portals, among which are the National Meterology Office (ONAMET), ClimaRed y World Climate (from the Ministry of Agriculture) and the National Institute of Hydraulic Resources (INDRHI).
The observatory arose as part of the activities of the Climate Information Program, sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), which promotes the strengthening of the observatory, and currently broadens its horizons through supported projects. from other cooperation agencies.
Promotion of adaptation to climate change and new horizons
One of the Observatory's projects, coordinated by Professor Indhira De Jesús, is the project “Inclusion of adaptation to climate change in local planning”, Which works with five mayors in the country, the National District, Santiago, San Pedro de Macorís, Las Terrenas and Barahona, with the support of the French Development Agency (AFD) and Expertise France. The project is promoted by the National Council for Climate Change and Clean Development Mechanism (CNCCMDL) and the Ministries of Economy, Planning and Development (MEPyD) and Environment and Natural Resources.
De Jesús explains that of the 158 municipalities in the Dominican Republic, it has been identified that at least four have a climate change adaptation plan: Santo Domingo, Santiago, San Pedro de Macorís and Las Terrenas, for which the project trains personnel from the mayors and other institutions in various territories so that adaptation to climate change is integrated into the Municipal Development Plan (PMD), the Municipal Plan for Territorial Organization (PMOT), as well as regulations.
Other projects are in partnership with The Ocean Cleanup and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to determine the quantity and composition of solid waste present in the Ozama, Isabela and Haina rivers.
The Observatory has alliances with the participation of the Plenitud Foundation, the City College of New York (CCNY), the Environmental Network of Dominican Universities (RAUDO) and the Tropical Agricultural Research and Teaching Center (CATIE) that develop climate information tools to put them at the disposal of society for decision-making.