Conserving Biodiversity in Coastal Areas Threatened by Rapid Tourism and Physical Infrastructure Development

Lead country

Dominican Republic

Participating countries

Dominican Republic

Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From July 2, 2015 to March 31, 2021

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 15.5 Reduce habitat degradation, halt biodiversity loss, extinction
  2. 15.9 Integrate ecosystem values into national planning
  3. 15.a Mobilize resources for biodiversity conservation, sustainable use

Project ID: 4955

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Technical team

  • Ecosystems and Biodiversity Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Strengthening conservation areas
  • Mainstreaming biodiversity


  • Ecosystem-based adaptation
  • Ecosystem-based mitigation


  • Conserved areas
  • Marine
  • Human altered areas


  • Productive landscapes/Seascapes
  • Large marine ecosystem
  • Coasts
  • Urban areas

Transformed sector(s)

  • Tourism
  • Other sectors

UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Institutional mechanism and system building
  • Policy advice


  • Finance economy
  • Management operation
  • Law regulation


  • Green economy
  • Inter-sectoral coordination
  • Climate resilience for FAC system (TP 6)
  • Wildlife and habitat conservation
  • Integrated coastal zone management
  • Mainstream
  • Community capacity building
  • Institutional capacity building

Social inclusion

  • Private sector
  • Local community/CSOs

Gender equality


Gender result effectiveness scale

  • Gender targeted


  • Systems pathway
  • People pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Reduce exposure
  • Hazard control/mitigation

SDG target(s)

  • 15.5 Reduce habitat degradation, halt biodiversity loss, extinction
  • 15.9 Integrate ecosystem values into national planning
  • 15.a Mobilize resources for biodiversity conservation, sustainable use

Conventions and protocols

  • Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
  • National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs)

Private sector(s)


Hot topic

  • Public-private partnership
  • SIDS
  • Structural/system transformation

About this project


This project aims to mainstream BD management and SLM into tourism sector development and associated physical development, to address multiple threats to BD and ecosystem functionality. It also aims to address the indirect impacts of tourism developmentÔÇöin catalysing other economic activities that are leading to land degradation. Tourism and accompanying physical development is directly leading to BD loss in sensitive areas; rapid tourism growth is also catalyzing the in migration of people into these areas, and spawning other indirect threats that are leading to land degradation.


To ensure the conservation of biodiversity in ecologically important coastal areas threatened by the burgeoning tourism industry and associated physical development.

USD $2,915,930

Grant amount

USD $16,354,799

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($2,915,930)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Government of Dominican Republic

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