Santo Domingo.- The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) on Tuesday disclosed the results of its program to protect the environment and natural resources and advances to implement an agreement to help adapt to climate change based on ecosystems.
USAID local director Alexandria Panehal said the agency contributed US$10 million during the program, including more than US$1.2 billion equipment for the Environment Ministry, including 13 pickup trucks, 24 motorcycles, five boats for patrols in protected areas.
She said the Environment Ministry made great strides as the result of the project’s support , citing more transparency and reducing the time it took to get an Environment permit, from two years to just six months.
Panehal called the results very important, since “it shows the Environment Ministry’s commitment to move forward and establish a more transparent and effective, regulatory environmental policies.”
Quoted by hoy.com.do, the U.S. official said the project spurred cooperation and dialogue between the public and private sectors toward a stricter environmental compliance.