Meet our EbA Facility Grantees – Fundación Grupo Puntacana, Dominican Republic

Coral Gardening by Fundacion Grupo Puntacana

“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).

Asha-Gaye Cowell
Program Officer, Conservation Finance
Asha-Gaye Cowell is the Conservation Finance Program Officer. She has a diversified academic background, which includes a BSc. Economics and Statistics with first class honors, MSc. International Public and Development Management and a Visiting Fellowship Certification from the University of Oxford where she studied Behavioral Economics along with Strategy and Ethics. Complementing her academic prowess is a cross-section of professional experiences, including work with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), UNECLAC, USAID, the Permanent Missions of Jamaica to the UN, among others. With extensive civic involvement, volunteerism, and strategic partnerships, Asha is very passionate about leadership, international and regional development, economics, youth and climate change.

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