Commitment to Action

Scaling Up PESCA

Commitment by

PUNTACANA Resort & Club (PCRC)

In 2011, Puntacana Resort & Club, through the Partnership for Ecologically Sustainable Coastal Areas (PESCA), committed to significantly scale up its coral restoration efforts by developing restoration programs in strategic areas throughout the Dominican Republic in order to protect key coral species and to rehabilitate the local reef ecosystems that the tourist industry in Punta Cana depends upon. Puntacana Resort & Club will use its expertise, experience and unique platform as a pioneer in sustainable development to create replicable models in Punta Cana (a popular tourist destination) for coral restoration that could be scaled up and replicated around the world. As part of this commitment, PESCA is working with local fishermen to develop alternative livelihoods that will reduce overfishing on the local coral reef. Additionally, PESCA is partnering with PADI, the world's leading scuba diving training organization, to create the first international certification to train volunteers in the techniques of coral restoration so that they can volunteer at any area in the world participating in this restoration. Finally, PESCA will work with Dominican government agencies to enforce existing fishing regulations in the Punta Cana region.

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Commitment

Scaling Up PESCA

Launched

2011

Est. Duration

6 years

Estimated Total Value

$1,200,000

Region

Latin America & Caribbean, Northern America

Countries

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, United States

Commitment by

PUNTACANA Resort & Club (PCRC)

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

Reef Check Foundation, Counterpart International, Cap Cana, Dominican Republic, Hotel Association of the La Altagracia Province, University of Miami, Club Med, Dominican Council of Fishing and Agriculture (CODOPESCA), Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute, Juanillo Fishermen’s Association