“CoralRestore DR” stands for “Dramatically scaling up Multi-species Coral Restoration in Targeted Sites in the Dominican Republic as a Climate Change Adaptation Strategy”.
The project aims to build coastal resilience through scaling up a proven model of coral restoration in an expanded area off the coast of Puntacana. Explants will be produced in land-based coral nurseries, creating employment for community residents in both, land- and sea-based activities.
The creation of livelihood opportunities targets fisherfolks in particular. The project will further fine tune the coral restoration techniques for wider replication across the Dominican Republic.
While capacity-building will primarily focus on nearby communities, outreach will be nationwide through a network of partners, which include: Grupo Puntacana (private sector), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the Asociación de Artesanos y Servicios Marinos (ARSEMAR), the Asociación de Proveedores de Servicios Acuáticos, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), and the Eastern Hotel Association (ASOLESTE).