UNEP conducted a major study to examine the state of the environment and the increasing depletion of natural resources along the border zone of Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

The project, which involved close cooperation with the governments of both Caribbean nations, looked at existing and potential sources of transboundary tensions over natural resources and determined opportunities for cooperation.

The degraded state of the environment and the increasing depletion of natural resources along the border zone of Haiti and the Dominican Republic are widely recognized as important factors in increasing disaster vulnerability and fuelling tensions between the two countries on both the national and local level.

At the same time, the ecological interconnections between transboundary watersheds represent an opportunity to enhance confidence-building and cooperation for natural resource management and sustainable development between the two countries.

The study gives concrete recommendations on the most pressing issues that need further work in the border zone, as well as to the role that UNEP should play in facilitating increased cooperation on shared natural resources between the two countries.

The report is available here: