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La Caleta Marine Park Turned Over to RC Dominican Republic


From left to right:  Vice Minister of Protected Areas and Biodiversity Daneris Santana, Reef Check Dominican Republic's Dr. Rubén Torres, and Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Dr. Francisco Dominguez Brito

The Dominican Republic's Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources has formally delegated the management of La Caleta Marine Park to Dr. Rubén Torres, Reef Check Dominican Republic. Reef Check has been co-managing the park for many years using ecotourism as an economic incentive for fishermen to conserve natural resources. "La Caleta is a prize-winning model for collaboration between government, NGOs and local communities," reports Dr. Torres, "where local livelihoods, conservation, research, education, and management of marine resources meet for a common goal of sustainably using resources for the benefit of all."