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Dominican Republic

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National Celebrations

El Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales celebró el Día Internacional de Diversidad Biológica, 22 de mayo, con una gran concentración en los Humedales del Ozama con la participación de estudiantes escolares, la comunidad científico – técnica, Organizaciones no Gubernamentales y Organismos de Cooperación Internacional.

Las actividades a desarrollar fueron: una interacción de la diversidad cultural con la diversidad biológica, resaltando las tradiciones culturales de las comunidades locales, siembra de árboles por parte de los participantes de las escuelas, entre otras actividades alusivas a al tema de “Biodiversidad, Desarrollo y Alivio a la Pobreza”. De ser posible, solicitamos que esta actividad se enmarque dentro de las actividades desarrolladas en la iniciativa de “Ola Verde”.

Sitio web del Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales

Reporte sobre la celebración del Día Internacional de la Diversidad Biológica en República Dominicana

Reporte sobre las actividades realizadas para celebrar el Año Internacional de la Diversidad Biológica:

El Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y el Instituto Postal Dominicano ponen a circular sello alusivo a la Biodiversidad

Dates and VenueEvent
28 July 2010
Santo Domingo
Lanzamiento de sello alusivo a la Biodiversidad
21 October 2010
Santo Domingo
LAUNCH EVENT: Photo exhibition of the Fauna of the Dominican Republic
28 - 31 October 2010
Santo Domingo
Plant and Flower Festival
9 November - 31 December 2010
Santo Domingo
Fauna Dominicana
Conservationists are in the Dominican Republic to save one of the world's strangest and most ancient mammals - the Hispaniolan solenodon.

While trying to track down one of these creatures, The Last Survivors team is also trying to find out exactly how this animal has been able to survive for a remarkable 76 million years.

Check the links below to review the coverage made by the BBC in Dominican Republic.
31 May 2010 “Ghost hunters: On the trail of a ‘living fossil”
1 June 2010 “The cave of bones: A story of solenodon survival”
2 June 2010 “Close encounter with a bizarre venomous beast”

  Dr. Jose Nunez-Mino and his Excellency the ambassador Anibal de Castro at The London Apothecary Centre
The Last Survivors Project in conjunction with The London Apothecary Centre held a very successful event in July consisting of a series of three talks highlighting the conservation issues being faced in Hispaniola (the island made of up Haiti and Dominican Republic) with a primary focus on the plight of the non-flying land mammal fauna endemic to the Caribbean (solenodon and hutia). The talks were accompanied by a photographic exhibition of some outstanding photographers from the Dominican Republic, all of which donated their work to the exhibition: Leandro Pichardo, Fer Figheras, Fausto Ortiz, Rafael Arvelo, Jerry Bauer, Rafael Bello Camacho, Leo Salazar, Felix Sepulveda, Jose Alejandro Alvarez, Pedro Genaro Rodriguez, Francisco Salgero & Fonso Khouri. Not only did the event raise substantial funds for the last survivors project but also attracted a large number of the general public to the event in addition to representatives of the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism and the Dominican Republic Embassy in London including his Excellency the ambassador Anibal de Castro.
Click here to download some of the pictures of this event.

  Photo exhibition of the Fauna of the Dominican Republic
The event is part of “The Last Survivors” project (www.thelastsurvivors.org) which is a UK Darwin Initiative funded project which consist of a collaboration between: Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, Sociedad Ornitologica de la Hispaniola, Zoological Society of London and the Dominican Republic National Zoo. This has also been supported by the British Embassy in the Dominican Republic, Natural History Museum of the Dominican Republic & US Fish Wildlife Service as well as a number of photographers (Jorge Brocca, José Núñez-Miño, Eladio Fernández, Darío Fernández Bellón, Rafael Arvelo, Leo Pichardo and José Alejandro Álvarez). Photos in exhibition


Hispaniolan Land Mammal Project (Darwin Initiative)

For two of the “Last Survivors” in Hispaniola (Haiti and Dominican Republic), the Hispaniolan solenodon and Hispaniolan hutia, a Darwin-Initiative funded project was launched in October 2009. It is a collaborative effort between Dominican and UK partners. Its goal is to conduct field research on these poorly known species to assess their status, identify their conservation needs, to develop monitoring tools and to plan their long-term conservation.