USAID’s Clean Cities, Blue Ocean (CCBO) program – the agency’s flagship program for combating global ocean plastic pollution – enhances solid waste systems and capabilities to make sizeable contributions to climate change mitigation and adaptation. By building circular economies and improving system efficiencies, CCBO helps countries and communities around the world address the root causes of climate change and minimize their potential future impact, while also building more resilient systems and cities that can withstand and adapt to the current and anticipated effects of climate change. Samaná Province, Dominican Republic, primarily a tourist destination, produces over 134 tons of waste each day. Much of this waste is disposed of in open dumps, which emit methane and commonly spark air-polluting fires, as well as leak into local rivers and bays, flowing out to the sea. By remediating and beginning the closure of open dumps in the DR, CCBO has secured an estimated 31,345 Metric Tons (MT) – approximately 69 million lbs – from leaking into the environment and 217,675 MT – approximately 480 million lbs – of waste was aggregated through program technical assistance. This man, pictured here, walks through the open dump prior to its closure, picking more valuable pieces of waste.
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Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic. September 11, 2018.
This image describes the educational activities for development of capacities in adaptation strategies and flood prevention in the Las Terrenas River by the Fundación REDDOM under the Climate Risk Reduction Program. With these actions we can support the reduction of flood risks in urban areas near the riverbank.
Planting trees in the Caño Seco neighborhood, in Las Terrenas, is a measure of risk reduction in the face of indebtedness. Clarimel is one of the young women who has committed to this type of activity, not only sowing but also training the population of the area.
This young woman was one of many who supported the planting of mangroves in the coastal area of Las Terrenas. This area has been supported under the Climate Risk Reduction Program of the USAID Dominican Republic Mission executed by the Fundación REDDOM.
Image taken in Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic. This image reflects the work done by a group of 5 young people who were introduced to coral restoration as a method of adaptation to climate change in coastal areas. The works were carried out under the Climate Risk Reduction Program.
Irrigation system with electrovoltaic energy installed at the Ramon Rodriguez farm, in Santiago Rodriguez, Dominican Republic. This system was installed under the Index and Climate Resilience Insurance Program, executed by the REDDOM Foundation. May 2017.
Ramon is one of many farmers who suffered the adverse effects of climate change. The drought has greatly depleted the area where the abita, with this type of technology now Ramon can irrigate his grass and feed his cattle.