Mangrove description - Dominican Republic

The island of Hispaniola comprises the countries of the Dominican Republic and Haiti, and mangroves are foun in both countries. In the Caribbean it is second only to Cuba in size. The largest single area is found along the north coast of the country, in the bay areas at Monte Cristi and at Bahia de Samaná. There was a mangrove forest also near Oviedo, in the south, but it has been destroyed by a hurricane in the 70¿s. Only three species of mangrove are present in this country, red mangrove (Rhizophora mangle), white button wood (Laguncularia racemosa) and white mangrove (Avicennia germinans, syn A. nitida), which are generally found mixed, but in some places as pure stands. On slightly higher ground flooded only at high tide, palms are found mixed with other species.

Uses and threats
Widespread destruction of mangrove areas is expected in the Dominican Republic arising from extensive development for the tourism industry.


FAO. 1973. Inventario y fomento de los recursos forestales. Inventario Forestal FO:SF/DOM 8. Informe Tecnico. Rome.
Spalding, M.D., Blasco, F. & Field, C.D. eds. 1997. World Mangrove Atlas. The International Society for Mangrove Ecosystems, Okinawa, Japan. 178 pp.

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The information provided above will be used as an input to the revised World Atlas of Mangroves and as national level description in the Forest Resources Assessment (FRA) 2005 Thematic study on Mangroves.

During the past months the information has been updated thanks to the kind collaboration of several national and international experts, who has helped the Initiative in collecting recent data. The collection has been now completed and the page will be updated as soon as possible.

The Initiative would like to thank all the people who contributed with additional data, for the improvement of the information on this country. All the support provided will be duly acknowledged in the country profiles.
last updated:  Friday, October 6, 2006