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Antonio Perera
Country Programme Manager

UNEP is conducting 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 involves close cooperation with the governments of both Caribbean nations, is looking at existing and potential sources of transboundary tensions over natural resources and determines 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 could represent an opportunity to enhance confidence-building and cooperation for natural resource management and sustainable development between the two countries.

A report is being prepared. Its main goals include:

  • Raising awareness and enhancing the knowledge-base on transboundary issues related to natural resources in the border zone
  • Contributing to increased cooperation and decreased tensions over natural resources in the border zone, both on the community and national levels
  • Improving the management of shared natural resources.

The study aims at giving 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.

For more information, please contact UNEP Programme Officer, Dennis Hamro-Drotz, on dennis.hamro-drotz@unep.org.

See also:

Environmental Cooperation for Peacebuilding