The Dominican Republic Commits to a 25% Reduction in Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2030

The Dominican Republic will cut its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 25%, a target set for 2030. The commitment was announced by Omar Ramírez Tejada, Executive Vice-President of the CNCCMDL (Dominican Republic’s National Council for Climate Change and Clean Development Mechanism), during his address to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 18) in the city of Doha, Qatar.

Mr Ramírez Tejada, who headed the Dominican delegation to the conference, explained that Law No. 1-12, which covers the country's National Development Strategy, establishes a binding commitment to achieve an absolute reduction in GHG emissions in the Dominican Republic compared to 2010 levels.

'This is an unconditional goal which the Dominican Republic will pursue using its own resources in keeping with its environmental commitment and international solidarity. It is both a practical imperative and a moral responsibility in an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world,' he remarked.

Mr Ramírez Tejada also recalled that the Dominican Government, with financial support from the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and technical assistance from the Coalition for Rainforest Nations, launched a plan for economic development compatible with climate change (DECCC plan) in September 2011. This plan aims to achieve economic development, reduce poverty and secure social inclusion by 2030 in line with its National Development Strategy.  

He said that the goal of this low-carbon development plan is to boost the country's GDP growth by 140% over the period 2010-2030 while supporting the implementation of an ambitious climate change mitigation plan.

He added that, in connection with this initiative and within the framework of COP 18, the Federal Republic of Germany and the Dominican Republic had signed a joint declaration regarding a cooperation agreement to provide funding amounting to EUR 4.5 million for the implementation of the second phase of the DECCC plan in the country.

Finally, he reiterated the commitment of the Dominican Government to the Convention and to the efforts by Latin American and Caribbean countries to promote development strategies that are adapted to climate change and result in low levels of GHG emissions.

Author:
Moises Álvarez
National Council for Climate Change and Clean Development Mechanism
Dominical Republic
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