The Dominican Surfing Federation (FEDOSURF), in partnership with The Commission of Sport and the Environment of the Olympic Committee and Hotel Casa Bonita in Barahona, Dominican Republic, announced the launch of a new initiative to preserve Playa Bahoruco, one of the South Coasts most beautiful beaches. Playa Bahoruco is a consistent surfing destination and popular with surfers throughout the country and abroad, due to the quality of its waves, its beauty and the warmth of the local people.
FEDOSURF, The Commission of Sport and the Environment of the Olympic Committee, and Hotel Casa Bonita, will be assisted in the development of this program by the Government of Barahona, the local council, Bio Energy Consortium SJ, Pax Green, and local businesses and recycling companies that will join together to ensure proper ecosystem management and conservation of the beach.
The purpose of the plan is to cultivate a self-sustainable community for the maintenance
and preservation of the beach, for the benefit of its ecosystem, and to strengthen the community, its profile as a naturalistic tourist and sporting destination, which will therefore stimulate the economic benefit of local businesses.
Lic. John L Holder, PCV, Environmental Development Advisor for the Peace Corps, a volunteer branch of the American Government focusing on community development, states “Coastal erosion is a huge problem in many parts of the Caribbean and this collaborative initiative by the communities on the south coast and the involved organizations is a great example of how to overcome this problem. The fragile beaches along this coast desperately need protection and the local communities must be involved in every step of the way in order to ensure sustainability of their livelihoods and preservation of this beautiful area of the Dominican Republic. More projects such as this are needed.”
A training program will begin in March 2012, provided by FEDOSURF and the Commission on Sport and Environment of the Dominican Olympic Committee, to teach beach ecosystem protection and recycling initiatives. The program is not limited to merely beach cleanups, but the training of local surfers and community members to act as life-long conservationists and guardians of one of their countries most valuable natural resources.
The program will have a contingent of 50 local volunteers, including 25 athlete surfers from the Bahoruco communities of El Arroyo, Juan Esteban and La Cienega, and joined by 25 additional community volunteers many of whom are employees and family of Hotel Casa Bonita. Mr. Nestor Puente, President of FEDOSURF, along with Mr. Roberto Nolasco, manager of Hotel Casa Bonita in Barahona, and FEDOSURF members Yorger Ferreiras and Julio Betances will oversee the execution of this new initiative, and welcome all who are interested in participating.