CRWA is working with international communities to set goals and prioritize river restoration efforts by training teachers, students and local residents in water quality monitoring and data management.
Recognizing the value of sharing best practices, training and collaboration to rivers around the world, the International River Foundation developed its Twinning Program, an initiative that supports mentoring partnerships across the globe to restore rivers. As the winner of the IRF’s Thiess International Riverprize for the Charles River, CRWA has developed a Twinning partnership in the Dominican Republic to build upon CRWA’s existing outreach and education programs, and support local efforts in the Dominican Republic to restore an urban river in a key area of economic and environmental importance.
CRWA has partnered with The Nature Conservancy and the National Environmental School in Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic, to develop a restoration plan for the Arroyo Yerba Buena River. As part of this project, CRWA is working with partner organizations to develop a River Restoration Council to set goals and prioritize restoration efforts; train teachers, students and local residents in monitoring and data management; and implement and monitor demonstration projects.
Using our experience in the Dominican Republic as a guide, CRWA plans to expand our international partnership program to other watersheds as our project in the Dominican Republic is completed.