An aerial/drone angle on a small house with solar PV panels installed next to it and agricultural fields surrounding it.

Dominican Republic

At a Glance

The Central America Regional Program serves Belize, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama.

The Dominican Republic shares the Caribbean Island of Hispaniola with Haiti and is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to climate change. The northeastern region is vulnerable to floods and mudslides from severe storms, while arid parts of the northwest are experiencing increasing temperatures leading to more drought, which reduces crop yields and water supplies. Hispaniola Island is in the center of a hurricane belt, where intense storms often damage coastal infrastructure and fish nursery areas, which negatively impact tourism and coastal fisheries. The energy sector is responsible for most of the Dominican Republic’s greenhouse gas emissions, followed by agriculture, industrial processes, and waste.


Climate Projections and Impacts

Refer to the Climate Risk Profile (2017) for more information

Climate Projections

Drought icon

Increased Dry Spells

Decreased/Less Frequent Precipitation

Sea Level Rise

Increased Temperature

Key Climate Impact Areas


Coastal Zones


Human Health

Water Resources

Funding & Country Climate Context

USAID Climate Change Funding (2023)


$6 Million


$6 Million

GAIN Vulnerability


Population (2020)

10.8 million

GHG Emissions Growth


% Forested Area


Small Island Developing State


Refer to metadata and sources for more details.

Climate Change Information

Climate Risk Profile

Climate Risk Profile: Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic Photo Gallery

Stories from the Area

The Dominican Republic generates over 11,000 metric tons of waste daily. Of that waste, more than 2,000 metric tons are plastic — the equivalent of over 200 million plastic water bottles every day.
A waste picker collecting trash
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USAID has been working around the world — and in the Dominican Republic — for more than 61 years to promote a more sustainable future for all. By working with educators, USAID is helping to raise awareness about climate change and unsustainable practices. By raising citizen consciousness for the environment, USAID can help reduce climate threats, protect habitats, and work toward a better future with sustainable solutions.
Teacher María Pérez, an award-winning author, is the mastermind behind the Dominican edubooks “Ernesto Visita”