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How Dominica Plans to Become the First Climate Resilient Nation in the World

Rich in lush, unspoiled landscape, the Caribbean nation of Dominica is proudly known as the “Nature Island”—a title that the country does not carry lightly. Recently, in an effort to preserve the island nation’s cherished flora and fauna, the government announced that it intends to completely ban common plastics, single-use Styrofoam cups and Styrofoam food containers by January 2019. Combating plastic waste is a major step towards Dominica’s larger sustainability initiative.

A Global Movement

Countries, cities and large companies all over the world have taken a stand to ban or charge for plastics, primarily concerning plastic bags. More recently, New Zealand and Australia actioned to join the approximate 40 countries that have banned plastic bags. Efforts to fight plastic pollution are global, and Dominica’s ambitious goals are breaking new ground.

Dominica has always been concerned with environmental preservation and a proponent for eco-tourism. Since Hurricane Maria, the small yet mighty country has since strengthened its determined focus on environmental preservation and plans to become the first climate resilient country in the world. In other words, Dominica is in a pursuit to better prepare for future climate change impacts, and to entirely remove itself from contributing harm.

Preserving the Nature Island

Step foot in Dominica, and the pride the community has for their country, and its efforts to take care of their landscape, is palpable. Offering a captivating, magnificent world that boasts rivers, rainforests and coastlines, this is a place known for its unspoiled beauty. While the cultural influences vary as much as the awe-inspiring terrain, one aspect of Dominica that remains uniform throughout is the island’s celebrated, deep connection with its abundant, surrounding splendor.

Fort Young Hotel honors and reflects this connection, as well as Dominica’s environmental efforts, and prioritizes putting these values into practice. By integrating biodegradable food containers and detergents; sourcing local products from Roseau farmers markets; donating leftover food to those in need; and supporting an eco-initiative that works to benefit the marine ecosystem by hunting the invasive lionfish, those who visit Fort Young Hotel will take part in Dominica’s continuous move towards a sustainable lifestyle.

What's Happenings

Just beyond your doorstep at Fort Young Hotel, the Nature Island’s lush and wild landscape offers adventure at every turn. Home to 365 rivers, deep canyons beneath overflowing rainforest, high-altitude lakes and a volcanic National Park, Dominica draws outdoor enthusiasts from far and wide to explore the island’s varied terrain—and particularly alluring to visitors is […]

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Dominica’s unspoiled marine habitat is home to the largest, toothed whale in the world: the sperm whale. While female and juvenile sperm whales can be sighted throughout the year, the best time to watch for these majestic ocean giants is between November and March—when the male sperm whales migrate. Dominica is one of the best […]

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Just moments from Fort Young Hotel lie an abundance of unrivaled hiking trails awaiting your discovery—including the Waitukubuli National Trail. Outdoor enthusiasts venture from far and wide to experience trail time on the 115-mile Waitukubuli, the longest hiking trail in the Caribbean, as it offers the ultimate excursion amid a lush, awe-inspiring landscape. Meander through […]

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