[Blackstudies-l] How Dominica is leading the way in sustainable development

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Fri Dec 22 04:55:02 EST 2017

lisaparavisini posted: " A report by Elliot Preece for the Fortune Herald.
The economies of Caribbean islands are largely dependent on tourism. Take
the idyllic island of Aruba, where travel and tourism contributes more than
88% of total GDP and the sector supports nine out of"
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A report by Elliot Preece for the *Fortune Herald*.

The economies of Caribbean islands are largely dependent on tourism. Take
the idyllic island of Aruba, where travel and tourism
more than 88% of total GDP and the sector supports nine out of ten jobs.
Losing this channel of income could be catastrophic for the emerging
economies of Caribbean islands, but the increasing influence of climate
change poses a real threat of this happening.

The need for genuine sustainable tourism has therefore never been more
urgent. Fortunately, some islands in the region, such as Dominica, are a
guiding light leading the way with sustainable development.

*Dominica’s commitment to sustainability*

As the proudly self-titled ‘Nature Island’, Dominica has more reason than
most to work towards sustainability. Its vast natural resources, diverse
wildlife and unique topography is as much an attraction to visitors as the
easy way of living of its locals. But there is a balancing act to be
perfect with small islands like Dominica. The more tourists that do arrive,
the greater the natural environment suffers.

Mass tourism is at saturation point and many destinations have been forced
to ban arrivals altogether
Thailand has indefinitely banned visits to Koh Tachai due to coral reef
damage and pressure on its ecosystem. Environmental concerns have also
forced Peru’s Inca Trail, Greece’s Santorini and Italy’s Cinque Terre to
cap numbers of visitors.

Fortunately, Dominica is proving that tourist numbers and environmental
impact do not have to be mutually exclusive. In fact, Colin Piper, CEO of
the Discover Dominica Authority, has argued: “The long-term success and
viability of the tourism sector is paramount to Dominica’s ability in
achieving sustainable development goals.”

*How Dominica are developing sustainable real estate*

Dominica has put in motion their commitment to sustainability with a number
of government-approved programmes. One of these is its citizenship by
investment programme <http://cbiu.gov.dm/citizenship/>, where individuals
can apply for Dominican citizenship provided they invest a significant
amount of money into the country’s economy. Applicants must either invest
in a Government Fund, which finances the sustainable development of the
island’s infrastructure and the development of alternative energy sources,
or in pre-approved real estate projects.

Many of the approved real estate projects are ecotourism developments
designed support the island’s growing tourism sector while also helping to
protect the natural environment. For instance, Jungle Bay Villas is a
private real estate development which will create 120 new ecologically
friendly villas. The property will be 100% sustainable, from the addition
of solar panels to a gravity water feed for water collection.

Speaking of the benefits of citizenship programmes in sustainable
development, Prime Minister Dr Roosevelt Skerrit said: “Hotels like Jungle
Bay will stand the test of time whether CBI receipts are up or down. CBI
funds will also be used to reduce national debt and build infrastructure.”

*Dominica is safeguarding its economic future*

Dominica has also become one of the first seven destinations to participate
in the new Sustainable Destinations Alliance for the Americas
<https://www.dominicavibes.dm/news-145273/> (SDAA), supported by Royal
Caribbean Cruises Ltd’s Ocean Fund. The initiative is designed to help
islands like Dominica harness the power of tourism to safeguard both its
natural ecosystems and its economic future. It aims to do this by
encouraging those in the tourism market to embrace responsible management
practices while providing authentic travel experiences.

Rich Pruitt, Vice President of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, praised the
programme, claiming: “We want to see unique, beautiful destinations like
Dominica thrive, and are committed to collaborating with the organizations
that can work to move these destinations toward greater sustainability.”

Through initiatives like SDAA, Caribbean islands like Dominica can look
forward to a future of sustainable travel that not only provides a strong
economic platform, but also protects its natural riches for future
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