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Iberostar joins efforts to promote coral and mangrove restoration

The Iberostar hotel group, the German government’s Development Cooperation Agency (GIZ) and the Ministry of Environment have launched a public-private partnership to encourage the involvement of the tourism sector in the implementation of solutions for the marine-coastal ecosystems in the Dominican Republic. The initiative seeks to contribute to the well-being of marine ecosystems through coral and mangrove restoration processes and advance in the regeneration of biodiversity-friendly ecosystems.

The parties acknowledge that tourism is an activity whose viability depends largely on the health of ecosystems. Iberostar seeks, through this alliance, to generate solutions that promote sustainable tourism, help mitigate the risks of climate change and protect the local population.

“From Grupo Iberostar we aspire to a responsible tourism model based on social, economic, environmental and climate resilience, which is integrated into local economies and contributes to enhance coastal protection and recovery,” said Megan Morikawa, Global Director of Sustainability for Grupo Iberostar, upon making the announcement.

“We joined this alliance to protect and recover, through nature-based solutions, the seagrass ecosystems, coral reefs, mangroves and other ecosystems of the Dominican Republic, a strategic country where we have made pioneering progress with our Wave of Change movement,” she added.

One of the central points driving this collaboration between Iberostar and GIZ is the creation of practices for sustainability, the development of an active coral reef restoration program and a mangrove restoration project to increase the resilience of coastal destinations.

These public-private actions aim to share knowledge between Latin America and the Caribbean to address climate change and promote sustainability throughout the Dominican Republic with government support.

Svenja Paulino, director of the Biodiversity and Business Program in Central America and the Dominican Republic, affirms: “The participation of the private sector in the conservation and responsible use of ecosystem services is fundamental for the development of tourism and its reactivation after the COVID-19 pandemic. This alliance with Iberostar allows GIZ to continue promoting actions to protect biodiversity in the region and increasingly encourage the participation of different social actors in tourism.”

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2 November 2021