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July 14, 2015

‘Garbage or Resource? A Dominican Republic Experience’ screens in Cuba


As part of the 10th International Convention on Environment and Development held in La Habana, Cuba, GFDD’s short film “Garbage or Resource? A Dominican Republic Experience” was screened to a global audience of activists, environmentalists, representatives from public and private sectors, decision-makers, stake-holders, and others from more than 45 countries.

The screening was held on July 7, 2015, at the Climate Change Congress, part of the international convention, celebrated at Habana’s ’Palacio de Convenciones’.

About the Short Film
“Garbage or Resource? A Dominican Republic Experience” is produced by GFDD/Funglode and directed by Natasha Despotovic. It covers the unseen dangers of the 340 open-air landfills that can be found in the Dominican Republic, and the cultural changes which are creating initiatives that convert this “problem” into an opportunity for development. Through various corporate and educational projects, the viewer observes how– aside from the obvious environmental benefits– recycling enables economic development through the generation of new companies and industries.

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The Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF) aims to raise awareness and deepen the understanding of environmental issues among Dominican audiences, celebrating the beauty and diversity of the Dominican Republic’s natural heritage. The festival, first held in 2011, is held each September and hosts a wide selection of high quality films that deal with pressing issues of the environment and climate change, including several panel discussions with environmental experts, filmmakers and stakeholders.
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About the Convention
The event is hosted every other year by the Environment Agency (AMA) of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment of the Republic of Cuba, and brings together researchers, authorities, educators, specialists, managers, entrepreneurs, professionals, producers, and other people around the world working for the sustainability of our planet.

The International Affairs and Socio-Economic Development Program Manager of Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD), Maria Victoria Abreu, participated at the 10th edition of the International Convention on Environment and Development, held July 6 to 10, 2015, at the Havana Convention Centre in Cuba. More than 1,300 participants from 47 countries attended the event.

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