The Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources granted the environmental license to the Cabo Rojo-Pedernales Tourism Development Project.
The executive director of the General Directorate of Public-Private Alliances (Dgapp), Sigmund Freund, said that this environmental license is the one that covers all phases of the project. Also, the studies on trust, ecological impact, or tourist load show that the development of a tourist destination can be executed following the best international environmental standards.
“This is an endorsement and a boost to the Pro-Pedernales Trust. The project has been developing for several months and has the conditions to obtain a license of this nature,” Freund said.
Likewise, he alleged that the conversations, public hearings, and interactions that Dgapp has had with the environmental groups have resulted in them being able to enrich the proposal in such a way that they were able to integrate all the environmental components necessary to obtain the license for the project.
He added that the environmental recommendations in the license had already been foreseen by the Dgapp and included in the environmental impact study, which shows that the organization has gone ahead with the specific characteristics required by a project of this magnitude.
“It is the environmental license of the second largest expert in the history of the Dominican Republic, after Cap Cana, in terms of land extension,” said Sigmund Freund.
Finally, he described it as an excellent achievement for the government and the Trust. At the same time, he recognized the Ministry of the Environment for having the courage to grant the permit.
On June 30, 2022, the Vice President of the Republic, Raquel Peña, acting Minister of the Environment, received the results of the tourist carrying capacity studies carried out in Cabo Rojo and Bahía de las Eagles at the hands of Sigmund Freund.
The studies were carried out by the consulting company Russa García & Asociados in charge of the Lourdes Russa, delivered at a meeting scheduled at the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources headquarters.
For the Cabo Rojo Project, a projected multi-year investment of three billion dollars (US$ 3,000 MM) is estimated, for the development of a hotel complex made up of 4,700 rooms, a tourist port, an international airport, and the public infrastructure to support these facilities.