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Dominica - Overview

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Main References

National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (v.2)

Fifth National Report



Biodiversity Facts

Status and trends of biodiversity, including benefits from biodiversity and ecosystem services

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

Dominica is very mountainous and of volcanic origin, measuring 47 kilometres long and 22 kilometres wide, at its widest point. Of an estimated total landmass of 197,500 ha, 94,800 ha have been classified as unutilized, and 17,800 ha as suitable for agriculture... More »

Main pressures on and drivers of change to biodiversity (direct and indirect)

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

The main threats to Dominican biodiversity include deforestation (despite a recent decline in the rate of forest loss), overexploitation of wildlife, encroachment, land degradation (to which Dominica is particularly sensitive due to its very youthful and fragile forest landscape), unregulated development, introduction of foreign species, loss of agrobiodiversity, impacts from climate change, uncontrolled use of biotechnologies, pollution, increasing natural disasters (notably hurricanes and seismic activity), land mining, gradual loss of traditional knowledge, introduction of alien species and inappropriate legal and institutional frameworks... More »

Measures to Enhance Implementation of the Convention

Implementation of the NBSAP

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

Dominica recognizes the need to review the National Biological Strategy and Action Plan (2001-2005) however plans to do so have not been concretized... More »

Actions taken to achieve the 2020 Aichi Biodiversity Targets

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

Dominica’s protected areas network can be cited as a major achievement, with 25% of the country’s forest land legally protected, either under forest reserves or national parks... More »

Support mechanisms for national implementation (legislation, funding, capacity-building, coordination, mainstreaming, etc.)

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

Several actions have been undertaken in Dominica to address capacity-building (notably through training), establishment of databases (in the framework of the Sustainable Land Management Project), procurement of tools and materials and community participation... More »

Mechanisms for monitoring and reviewing implementation

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

Constant monitoring activities are executed in protected areas (both marine and terrestrial), as well as in the framework of several programs to assess the efficiency of measures that the Government has put in place to counter threats, notably in relation to land mining... More »

National Contacts

Full details of national contacts »

Convention on Biological Diversity

Mr. Lloyd Pascal
CBD Primary NFP, CHM NFP, SBSTTA NFP, ICNP ABS NFP, Traditional Knowledge NFP, GTI NFP

Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

Mr. Lloyd Pascal
Cartagena Protocol Primary NFP, BCH NFP

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