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i-Tree Serves as a Green Infrastructure Assessment Tool to Municipal Planners and Researchers in the Dominican Republic

Photo of Municipal planners and university students during an i-Tree training session in the Colonial City of Santo Domingo. Jorge Paniagua, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.Municipal planners and university students during an i-Tree training session in the Colonial City of Santo Domingo. Jorge Paniagua, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.Snapshot : The iTree tool was implemented for the first time in the Colonial City of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, to assess the value of ecosystem-based adaptation strategies from urban green infrastructure. The effort involved the collaboration of Forest Service and university researchers with planners and field technicians from Santo Domingo's National District Municipality and Ministry of the Environment.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Munoz-Erickson, Tischa A. 
Research Location : Santo Domingo National District, Dominican Republic
Research Station : International Institute of Tropical Forestry (IITF)
Year : 2016
Highlight ID : 1173

Summary

The Municipality of Santo Domingo, in partnership with Forest Service scientists, the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras (UPR), USAID, and the “Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo” (INTEC), is exploring the potential of green infrastructure as a climate adaptation strategy with the use of i-Tree as a tool to quantify green infrastructure distribution and ecosystems services provision. The team of Forest Service and UPR scientists visited Santo Domingo and trained 10 planners and field technicians from the Santo Domingo’s National District Municipality and 15 students and faculty from the INTEC, Ministry of the Environment and conservation NGOs in the use of the i-Tree tool. In the spring of 2016, training participants completed a field survey of 30 plots in the historic Colonial City of Santo Domingo and 20 plots on the INTEC campus. A total of 9762 plants of 76 different species were found in the Colonial City plots. This i-Tree effort was very successful and there are now plans underway to implement 200 plots in the rest of the National District of Santo Domingo. This is the first time the i-Tree tool has been implemented in the Dominican Republic and the effort is serving as a pilot study for i-Tree in other Caribbean and Latin American cities where the use of the tool has been very limited.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

  • Liz Mayhew, International Programs
  • Elvia Meléndez-Ackerman, University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras
  • José Miguel Martínez Guridy, Ayuntamiento Distrito Nacional de Santo Domingo
  • Solhanlle Bonilla Duarte, Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC)
  • USA International Development (USAID) Dominican Republic