The Project Biodiversidad en Paisajes Productivos seeks the effective conservation of ecosystem goods and services in threatened mountain landscapes, plans to develop national capacities to expand coverage and programmatic scope, as well as the potential for replication in the adoption of production models and sustainable livelihood, which potential is great in 3 pilot areas of the Dominican Republic: Southern slope of the Sierra de Neiba, San José de Ocoa and Yamasá.

People benefited from strengthened livelihoods
Trained producers
Hectares of mountainous landscapes with an improvement of planning and governance
Municipal Development Plans (PMD) developed in pilot zones.

This project is implemented in the Dominican Republic by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, through UNDP, with financing from the Global Environment Facility (GEF). The main aim is to incorporate the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services in public policies and practices, to address threats against biodiversity through integrated landscape management in order to generate the multiple environmental benefits necessary in the maintenance of the multifunctional productive landscape and rich in biodiversity.

This project contributes to the achievement of the following ODS:

End Of Poverty

Promoting productive systems and sustainable livelihoods in local communities

Gender Equality

Offering the same opportunities to access resources and financing. Equalizing the role of managers of land and its resources, as well as participation in decision-making

Clean water and sanitation

Approaching the conservation and management of water sources in the mountains with a landscape approach.

Sustainable Cities And Communities

Strengthening rural and urban governance, through planning and ordering of the territory, promoting municipal management and collective dialogue.

Life On Land

Applying good practices in productive systems that promote the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem goods and services, reduce land degradation, as well as determining the value of natural capital and creating financial mechanisms for its protection.

We work simultaneously based on 4 components:


Systemic management framework
from the landscape.


Production systems compatible with the conservation of threatened mountain ecosystems and corridors.


Sustainable livelihoods incorporating biodiversity friendly practices.


Knowledge management.

This project affects 3 pilot areas:


Vertiente Sur de la Sierra de Neiba

Bahoruco and Independencia provinces

  • The intervention area is close to several protected areas and on the border with the country Haiti.
  • Pine forests, cloud forests, mahogany forests and a high rate of endemism stand out.
  • It is an area that has been severely deforested.
Province Municipality
Independencia La Descubierta, Postrer Rio.
Bahoruco Neiba, Galván, Villa Jaragua, Los Rios


Corridors that connect the Valle Nuevo and Montaña La Humeadora National Parks

San José de Ocoa Province, Rancho Arriba Municipality

An important part of the corridors that connect the protected areas is found in this zone.

It is a coffee-producing area, stands out:

  • Moist broadleaf forest.
  • Cloudy forest.
  • Pine forest.
  • It has biodiversity of global importance that includes endangered and endemic species.
Province Municipality
San José de Ocoa San José de Ocoa, Sabana Larga, Rancho arriba


Ozama River Middle Basin

Monte Plata province, Yamasá municipality

  • It coincides with the buffer zone of a protected area.
  • The Ozama basin provides very important ecological services to the greater Santo Domingo.
  • It is a cocoa-producing area where there are humid broadleaf forests.
Province Municipality
Monte Plata Yamasá
Previous slide
Next slide

Latest News

Stay informed about the news and progress of the project.

Subscribe to our newsletter.

Systemic management framework from the landscape.

This component incorporates sustainable land management and biodiversity conservation strategies and social and environmental safeguards into land use policy and planning processes through:

  • Environmental territorial ordering plans and local environmental agendas with a gender approach that consider BD, MFS, and ML in the pilot areas.
  • Landscape-level land use plans for buffer zones across protected areas with a focus on risk and threat management and economically sustainable practices, especially tourism.
  • Increased resilience to climate change in basins through the establishment of special categories of land use that guarantee the sustainable use of biodiversity and the incorporation of CC, BD, SFM and LD criteria in the management and management of natural resources.
  • Increased connectivity of ecosystems.
  • Strategic Social and Environmental Assessment of the impacts generated by infrastructure or productive development programs in vulnerable basins.
  • Gender strategy for the management of the productive landscape.
  • Municipal Development Plans (PDM) and Municipal Land Use Plans.

On the other hand, the project develops a model for the monitoring of the SDG Sustainable Development Goals at the local level and will involve local and national actors to guarantee the application. Likewise, the incorporation of environmental sustainability criteria in the coffee/cocoa credit policy, and the establishment of sectoral credit mechanisms for the sustainable management of productive landscapes.

Production systems compatible with the conservation of threatened mountain ecosystems and corridors

Under this component, the project works to improve the connectivity of biodiversity with production systems and protected forest areas through the development of capacities to carry out sustainable forest landscape management, and promote resilient production systems in selected areas. The results are focused on:

  • Reduction of threats and improvement of habitat quality and connectivity in unprotected priority landscapes, including environmental goods and services.
  • Sustainable Forest Management: Reduction in the frequency and intensity of forest fires.
  • Reinforcement in the implementation of the National Early Warning System through training and technical teams in support of prescribed burning and fire preparedness issues:
    • Integrated training modules for extension agents.
    • Integrated training and extension modules for producers.
  • Three demonstrative pilot units under an integrated management.
  • Production of plants (native species), either in association with other producers or individually on the farm.
  • Technical support in plantations and forestry works, and establishment and maintenance of plantations.
  • Reforestation actions.

Sustainable livelihoods incorporating biodiversity friendly practices

This component promotes sustainable livelihoods in communities in the pilot areas of the project that demonstrate adequate management, access to financing mechanisms, training, and implementation of clean technologies through:

  • Establishing a financially sustainable extension service by examining best practices, and supporting the adoption of agreed best practices and biodiversity-friendly production models.
  • Support for the design and implementation of business plans. The project will promote associativity in the development of sustainable productive activities in the three pilot sites and development/strengthening of weaknesses to establish and operate micro-enterprises.
  • Support for business development and supply chain initiatives.
  • Support for the adoption of BD-friendly production systems, including ecotourism and other value chains.
  • Support for access to credit package.
  • Implementation of business plans that include a gender approach and generational sensitivity, to support the formalization, strengthening and development of management skills.

Knowledge management

This component ensures that knowledge is managed effectively, in support of the conservation of Biodiversity and ecosystem services in productive landscapes of mountain forested areas that are threatened. To achieve this, the project focuses on the generation of knowledge products, on having a wide communication and dissemination of the lessons and experiences to support the replication and expansion of the results obtained.