Cap Cana strongly believes in the wellbeing and safety of Dominicans and is actively engaged in the execution of philanthropic actions in situations that deeply affect our society. The company is committed to acting in benefit of society; social responsibility efforts lend support particularly to related causes of communities near Cap Cana supported by organizations as the Forjando un Futuro Foudnation, Colibrí Foundation, Latiendo por Ti Foundation and UNIBE’S Líderes del Mañana.
Cap Cana was built with the objective of being a sustainable development. Community planners and operators took wildlife habitat protection into account throughout the construction process and operating plan, environmental risks and liabilities were identified and reviewed as a part of overall risk management. Several green technologies were adopted since the construction phase:
- Cap Cana actively engages in the conservation project of the Ridgway’s Hawk, promoted and encouraged in Dominican Republic by The Peregrine Fund. As part of this program, the nests are safeguarded, access to biologists and local technicians is prioritized for data collection and treating nestlings of the population that resides in Cap Cana, and periodical conservation training workshops are held for gardening and security personnel.
- The Ricordi iguanas found in the golf course area coexist with players, while their natural habitat adjacent to nearby streets are identified with crossing signage indicating drivers precautions should be taken.
- Scape Park in its excursions promotes the appreciation and conservation of the endemic and foreign flora and fauna that can be observed in their multiple nature trails. During these hikes you can admire: the spanish lime tree, the hutias, the Hispaniolan solenodon, the Ashy-faced owl ace and the Broad-billed tody.
- Cooperation with “CODOPESCA” in enforcing the conch and lobster ban, carrying out joint operations at the departure of fishermen.
- Marina Cap Cana is part of the Billfish Foundation under which billfish angling is under the catch and release conservation practices and part of the funds from fishing tournaments are donated to this international foundation aiming towards the Research and conservation of all billfish.
- Rescue of bee hives from areas where they could be exterminated. The hives are moved to areas dedicated to beekeeping where high nectar and pollen plants have been grown.
- During the sea turtle spawning season, the beaches are monitored at night and their nesting areas are preserved to help increase the turtle population.
Protection of the Air and its Quality:
- Cap Cana’s electricity generation is carried out with a Wärtsilä plant, the company’s technology focuses on energy efficiency and aims to reduce energy consumption and emissions as these are important in controlling climate change, Wärtsilä products comply with various environmental regulations. The efficiency of the Wärtsilä diesel and gas engines of the power generation plant that operates Cap Cana Caribe have a minimum emission of CO2 gases and very low noise levels.
- Through the use of a geophone, the technicians of Aguas de Cap Cana inspect all water lines of Cap Cana and the water connections of vacant lots. In addition, Aguas de Cap Cana monitors the water consumption of large customers (hotels, golf courses, etc.), and upon any significant increase, they are notified of the anomaly for a quick regularization. This program provides an average savings of 3,000 cubic meters per month.
- Instead of cutting trees that have taken decades to mature, they are transplanted for use as landscape in other areas.
- During its development, Cap Cana took precautions to protect the habitat, an example of this is the cliff path bordering a natural lake where the red-billed coots inhabit and the nesting grounds of the white herons.
- Cleaning and maintenance of beaches in optimum conditions, especially in times of turtle spawning.
- Cap Cana invests resources in the aerial monitoring of coal kilns on undeveloped land; These are reported to the authorities.
- Guidelines for palm pruning were recently established. These guidelines aim to improve the management of natural resources to reduce the amount of garbage generated by pruning, prolong the life and health of the palm trees and contribute to the reproduction of the birds that nest in these, since they are mostly endemic species.
- Marina Cap Cana has established “Green Rules” detailed below for the conservation of marine ecosystems, these rules are informed to all vessels that visit us:
The Dominican Republic protects endangered species. While in Dominican waters, please consider the restrictions established by the Law:
- Respect the reproductive period of endangered species. The law establishes a ban for the lobster from March 1 to June 30 and for the conch from July 1 to October 31
- Fishing for sea turtles and their eggs has been prohibited for the next 10 years.
- Fishing for marine mammals such as manatees and humpback whales is also prohibited.
- Parrotfish fishing and consumption are prohibited by law.
Recycling and Reuse of Waste:
- Heritage School has a collection center for recycling. At the Information and Sales center, glass bottles, magazines and plastic bags are donated to artisans in the community of Nuevo Juanillo and Veron who use them to produce wallets and household items.
- The equestrian area of Los Establos has a compost program to convert manure into fertilizer that is used in its facilities and marketed in the organic products market held on Sundays.
- Management of construction and remodeling waste such as metal profiles and wood, the latter are used for the production of bee hive boxes for the Cap Cana apiary as for beekeepers in the area who collaborate with the honeybee rescue program.
- Aguas de Cap Cana has implemented a wastewater reuse system for irrigation of the golf course