The Environmental Law Institute of the Dominican Republic (IDARD) recently recognized the pro-environment policies implemented by various local hotels.
The IDARD issued its Environmental Excellence Award 2015 to the Paradisus Palma Real, the Paradisus Punta Cana Resort hotels, the Puntacana Ecological Foundation and to the La Romana-Bayahibe Hotel Association.
The Paradisus Palma Real Resort and the Paradisus Punta Cana Resort, both members of the Melia Hotels International family, were honored for the efforts they have carried out in “Monitoring and Evaluating Environmental Quality Standards & Proper Management of Waste and Materials,” for following-up on its environmental programs, as well as the proper management and disposal of waste material.
The Puntacana Foundation
The Puntacana Ecological Foundation received the “Environmental Excellence 2015” award in the category of Proper Waste Management and Materials for its program of responsible waste management.
At the same time, the La Romana-Bayahibe Hotel Association was distinguished for its dedication to the implementation of comprehensive programs and projects that improve the environmental quality of the area by providing good training practices and environmental information, as well as ongoing efforts to maintain the highest quality standards.
Through these awards the entity hopes to promote the involvement of companies, individuals and institutions in the continued implementation of environmental programs.
The Puntacana Group, through its foundation, features the country’s first comprehensive program for the management of solid waste. “Download Zero” is the name of the program, and its goal is to eliminate the concept of waste in residential communities and tourism projects within the resort.
This destination, situated some 10 minutes east of La Romana’s international airport on the country’s eastern region, has been recognized both at the national and international level for maintaining for 11 consecutive years the Blue Flag standards at the Dominicus Beach. The Blue Flag award is issued to hotels and regions for the quality of its beaches and its environmental management. La Romana-Bayahibe has been a pioneer in this kind of certification in the Americas.
Other hotels recognized in the area: Dreams La Romana, Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus and the Be Live Collection Canoa, all members of the association. All meet and continuously promote the highest standards when it comes to the local environment