Environmental Analysis and Classification of Coastal Sandy Systems of the Dominican Republic

  • Francesc Xavier Roig-MunarEmail author
  • José Ángel Martín-Prieto
  • Antonio Rodríguez-Perea
  • Óliver Olivo Batista
Part of the Coastal Research Library book series (COASTALRL, volume 24)


The Dominican Republic is the most visited insular tourist destination in the Caribbean, being its beaches its main attractiveness. This tourism generates 37% of the total revenues of the country, concentrated in coastal regions. As a result of this pressure, the coastal ecosystems are threatened by the increasing tourist development. Parameters such as site and dune morphology, beach condition, surface character of the seaward 200 m of the dune, pressure of use and recent protection measures make good regional comparison of beach-dune systems. A checklist was developed to calculate Vulnerability Index (VI) and Management Measures (MM) in 99 beach-dune systems of Dominican Republic allowing to identify and prioritize the different pressures. This method of study, associated with Geographical Information Systems (GIS), give more visibility to beach-dunes conditions, and by this facilitate the necessary decisions in the context of a sustainable management of coastal areas. The results indicate that the risk of beach erosion and degradation is directly related to the pressure of use of the coastal area.



Contract Análisis, clasificación y propuestas de gestión geoambiental de las playas de República Dominicana. Contrato no. 360 2010, realizado por QU4TRE, consultoría ambiental of the Dept Planeación y Proyectos Ministerio de Turismo of the Government Republica Dominicana.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Francesc Xavier Roig-Munar
    • 1
    Email author
  • José Ángel Martín-Prieto
    • 2
  • Antonio Rodríguez-Perea
    • 2
  • Óliver Olivo Batista
    • 2
  1. 1.QUATRE Consultoria AmbientalMigjorn Gran, MenorcaSpain
  2. 2.Universitat de les Illes BalearsPalma de MallorcaSpain

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