Dominican Republic Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Report
USAID’s African and Latin American Resilience to Climate Change (ARCC) project conducted a climate change vulnerability assessment of the Dominican Republic in 2012-13. This report covers its findings in detail as well as the methods used to conduct the assessment.
Combining current and historical data and analysis, it found that this Caribbean country will see a change in seasonality by 2030 and 2050. There is a potential for less rain in during the rainy season and the reverse during the dry season. Temperatures will rise between .5-1°C.
Sea level rise will likely exacerbate coastal flooding and beach erosion. Tropical storms will become more intense as ocean and global temperatures continue to rise, likely exacerbating damage from coastal flooding and erosion.
These effects will impact coastal communities, businesses and agriculture. The report examines the capacity of the Dominican Republic, including government agencies, to adapt to these threats. It cites gaps, such as a lack of coordination and integration across ministries and policies and inadequate land-use and development planning.
It gives detailed adaptation recommendations in the following areas:
- Disaster Risk Reduction and Early Warning Systems
- Development Planning: Infrastructure and Land Use
- Management and Conservation of Coastal Habitats and Watersheds.