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CTCN in the Dominican Republic: Early Warning System in Every Pocket

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The Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) together with its partners the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Dominican Institute for Integral Development (IDDI), has completed the technical assistance in Santo Domingo.  The Dominican Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources has requested Centre’s assistance for measures to improve the effectiveness of early warning, due to the fact, that the inhabitants of the hazard-prone riverine areas of Santo Domingo have little access to general information on disaster risks, and remain unaware of imminent natural events that could inflict harm or damage to their districts.

The assistance consisted of an analysis of existing Early Warning Systems covering the area, mapping of the actors involved in these alert systems, as well as an analysis of the processes in place in the existing system. This was complimented by a study on requirements for introducing new information and communication technologies (especially smartphones and apps) for dissemination of early warnings to the public.

Although the technical assistance orginally targeted the citizens of Santo Domingo and as a pilot area the inhabitants of the neighboring areas of the rivers Ozama and Isabela, proposals for improvement and technological solutions were developed to be relevant for the whole country. Mexico has expressed interest in contributing to the process in the Dominican Republic.

During the final workshop leading institutions presented the project to Dominican and regional representatives from Brazil, Colombia and Mexico. This helped to ensure institutional support, South-South knowledge exchange and discuss the next steps. CTCN would like to thank also the following partners: Emergency Operations Center (COE), Dominican Republic Civil Defense, National Institute for Hydraulic Resources (IDRHI) and National Meteorological Service (ONAMET). 

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