The Road to BiodiverCities - Central America and the Caribbean

This is the third meeting in the cycle of events on BiodiverCities led by CAF in various cities around Latin America and the Caribbean. It will feature experts from Central America and the Caribbean in order to share knowledge, experiences and good practices that help consolidate an urban management model in harmony with nature.

A biodivercity effectively and comprehensively incorporates local and regional biodiversity into its urban planning and management, as the backbone of its socioeconomic development. 

According to the World Economic Forum and the Humboldt Institute, BiodiverCities can restore the balance between urban management and nature, by expanding green infrastructure; improving governance schemes that promote nature-based solutions; creating positive links between rural and urban areas, for better biodiversity conservation; prioritizing circular economy models and innovative actions for economic competitiveness; while promoting well-being and health values among citizens.

On this occasion, CAF and the Dominican Republic’s Ministry of Tourism propose addressing the role of sustainable tourism in the enhancement of urban ecosystems, analyzing the main challenges for coastal and island cities and promoting an exchange of practices and experiences that enable the use of competitive advantages in tourism, through an environmentally-friendly territorial planning model.

Date: Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Time: 9:00 a.m. (Dominican Republic)

Online event. The event will be streamed on this website. 



*Local time (of the country where you are located)
  • Opening remarks
    • Ángel Cárdenas General manager of urban development, water and creative economies, CAF -Development Bank of Latin America and the Caribbean-
    • Carlos Andrés Peguero Vice Minister of Tourism for International Cooperation of the Dominican Republic
  • Presentation “BiodiverCities for a sustainable tourism”
    • Hernando García Martínez General Director of the Humboldt Institute, Colombia
  • Presentation “Re-thinking tourist territorial planning in the Dominican Republic”
    • Shaney Peña Director of Planning and Projects, Ministry of Tourism of the Dominican Republic
  • Session 1 - Dialogue “Land use planning in coastal areas

    Moderator: Elia Martínez, Department of Beach Management, Ministry of Tourism, Dominican Republic

    • Surella Segú Chief Heat Officer de Monterrey, Arsht-Rockefeller Resilience Center
    • Allison Wiggins Deputy Project Manager, Office of Coastal Zone Management, Barbados
    • Mizoocky Mota Ministry of Economy, Planning and Development, Dominican Republic
  • Coffee-break
  • Session 2 - Dialogue “Restoration and preservation of natural assets in favor of a sustainable tourism”

    Moderator: Oscar Rueda, Director, Office of the President, CAF

    • Carlos Martínez Mayor of Nicoya, Costa Rica
    • Maribel Escobar Mayor of La Palma, El Salvador
    • Emiliano Torres Mayor of Bocas del Toro, Panama
    • Carmen Paz Mayor of San Nicolas, Honduras
  • Break
  • Session 3 - Dialogue “Biodiversity as a determinant of greater tourism competitiveness”

    Moderator: Angel Cardenas, Manager of Urban Development and Creative Economies, CAF -development bank of Latin America-

    • Jimmy Cruz Alcalde de Curridabat, Costa Rica
    • Issis Núñez Mayor of Guayape, Honduras
    • Desdra Bascombe Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government, Trinidad and Tobago
    • Martina Pepén Santana Governor of the Municipal Council of Higüey, Dominican Republic
  • Signing of the Adherence Agreement of the Declaration of Barranquilla
  • Closing Remarks
    • Sergio Díaz-Granados Executive President, CAF -Development Bank of Latin America and the Caribbean-
    • David Collado Morales Minister of Tourism, Dominican Republic
    • Raquel Peña Rodríguez Vice-president of the Dominican Republic