Future Perspectives on Climate Change

April 19, 2006

On April 19, 2006, Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD),
its sister organization in the Dominican Republic, Fundación Global Democracia
y Desarrollo (FUNGLODE), in collaboration with their local Environment Working Group,
the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of Dominican Republic, and the United Nations
Development Program (UNDP) in Santo Domingo, held a panel discussion on "Dominican Republic and Climate Change: Future Perspectives", at FUNGLODE’s auditorium in Santo Domingo.

The panel, which included Michael MacCracken, Chief Scientist, Climate Change Programs, Climate
(Washington, D.C.); Joel Pérez Fernández, Climate and Temperature Expert, Latin American and Caribbean Humid Tropic Water Center (CATHALAC for its Spanish initials) (Panama); and Niki Fabiancic, Resident Coordinator for the United Nations Development Program in the Dominican Republic, 
addressed the current challenges and the future perspectives of Climate
Change issues at the global, regional and local levels.

Mr. MacCracken gave a wide overview of the current global conditions related to Climate Change, while Mr. Perez Fernandez addressed the regional situation in Latin America and the Caribbean. In his presentation, Mr. Fabiancic pointed the latest developments in environmental issues, specifically on climate change concerns, in the Dominican Republic.

President Fernandez and several
other Official Representatives and Ministers, as well as
NGOs leaders and experts related to the Environment, attended this panel discussion,
which is part of a two-day event on Climate Change been held at FUNGLODE.

Previous to the panel discussion and in the context of this Climate Change event, Mr. Max Puig, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources of the Dominican
, lead a meeting in FUNGLODE with representatives of the sector, where he presented the achievements of his Ministry in 2005 and the plans and perspectives for 2006. He highlighted that the main objective of his administration is to make environmental issues transversal in every public policy in all sectors.

FUNGLODE’s Auditorium
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Additional Information:

Article: The Big Melt Coming Faster Than Expected (By Stephen Leahy)
Article: El gran derretimiento global se aproxima antes de lo esperado (Por Stephen Leahy)
Article: La República Dominicana y el cambio climático

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