The Dominican Republic is highly committed to combatting climate change, as can be seen by the high level of political leadership on climate change, where the President leads the “National Council on Climate Change and the Clean Development Mechanism” (NCCC-CDM). The Council developed the National Climate Compatible Development Plan (CCDP) in 2011, which outlines the government’s commitment to increase its GDP by 140% while at the same time cutting greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 25% by 2030.
Against this backdrop, the INDC preparation process has been an opportunity for improved analysis of the national context, identification of alternative financing options and the revalidation of national targets. This has strengthened widespread buy-in to national policy goals by the public and private sectors, as well as civil society.
The main characteristics of this process are the high-level political leadership and commitment behind it as well as its basis on the revision of existing planning in line with the overall national vision. A detailed analysis and discussion on the wider national impacts and global context of mitigation strategies, coupled with an effective communication strategy during the process, resulted in high level buy-in at the sectoral level. Stakeholder consultations addressing the co-benefits of the mitigation options fostered the engagement and reinforcement of sectoral ownership of the INDC process.
Presidency and the National Council on Climate Change and Clean Development Mechanism (NCCC-CDM) led the process.
A Strategic Direction Committee made up of: Dominican Municipal League, Ministry of Economy, Planning and Development, Ministry of Energy and Mines, Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Ministry of Agriculture, the Dominican Corporation of Electrical Public Companies and the Office for Transport Reorganization.
Global GIZ INDC Support Programme implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB): provided support for the involvement of experts and for sectoral processes.
Support for the Implementation of the Climate Compatible Development Plan of the Dominican Republic (CCDP) in the cement and waste sectors project, also implemented by GIZ on behalf of BMUB: i.e. provision of data for the cement and waste sectors.
Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC): supported the analysis of macroeconomic implications of the prioritised measures.
Support of the setup of inter-institutional structures and processes by the “Information Matters” project implemented by GIZ on behalf of BMUB.
Supported by the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) in the framework of its International Climate Initiative (IKI).