DREFF and FUNIBER Sign Agreement to Promote Environmental Awareness, Sustainability

July 13, 2015

The Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF), an initiative of GFDD/Funglode, signed a collaborative agreement with The Fundación Universitaria Iberoamericana (FUNIBER), to foster a culture at both institutions in the Dominican Republic that promotes management of natural resources and increases awareness regarding sustainable development. Both parties comprehend the importance of catalyzing the development of projects and programs that promote best
practices in the area of ​​environment, the result of interaction between youth and the general public with professors, experts, activists, filmmakers as well as leaders in the public, private, national and international sector.

The agreement was signed by Natasha Despotovic, GFDD Executive Director, and Massiel Cristina Castro, General
Coordinator for FUNIBER Dominican Republic. Both parties have committed, within the means at their disposal, to conform to the respective rules for undertaking several actions going forward.

FUNIBER, and its related network, will contribute to the dissemination of programming for the Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF) and other initiatives undertaken by the DREFF throughout the year. Some of these programs include ReCrearte, EcoHuertos, and the Globo Verde Dominicano Award. FUNIBER will also promote research for students and teachers on issues related to the environment and sustainable development, and create articles the DREFF will evaluate for publication on its blogs and other related media outlets

will collaborate with each other when available in activities that are deemed to be of mutual interest, particularly those related to environmental and sustainable development issues in addition to communication, audiovisual and multimedia.

Natasha Despotovic said that the partnership "is an excellent opportunity to endorse the environmental programs implemented in the context of the DREFF throughout the year such as ReCrearte, EcoHuertos, the Globo Verde
Dominicano Award, and Year Round Environmental Film Screenings, among others, and in turn integrate FUNIBER’s activities and networks.”

DREFF aims to raise awareness and deepen the understanding of environmental issues among Dominican audiences. The Festival also celebrates the beauty and diversity of the Dominican Republic’s natural heritage and offers insights into attitudes and actions that will contribute to its appreciation, conservation
and sustainable use.


The Fundación Universitaria Iberoamericana (FUNIBER) is a foundation that functions within the world of academia as well as professional training.

FUNIBER seeks to disseminate and share European and Latin American knowledge. Since its founding in 1997 in Barcelona, Spain, FUNIBER has grown continuously, creating an academic and professional network
with more than 30 countries. This includes people from more than 60 universities from Europe, the USA and Latin America, as well as prestigious businesses, and renowned international organizations.

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