Seaweed to be made into cloth!
Tons of algae invade Dominican Republic coasts causing huge losses to coastal businesses, October 15, 2015, in Juan Dolio, Dominican Republic.EFE/Orlando Barría

Seaweed to be made into cloth!


Santo Domingo, May 29 (EFE) –

In an effort to reduce the negative impacts of the sargassum seaweed in the Dominican Republic and other Caribbean countries, the European Union’s Global Gateway project is supporting initiatives such as the export of the sargassum to Europe for use as a raw material in the textile industry.

The European Commissioner for International Partnerships, Jutta Urpilainen, presented this case as an example of how sargassum, can be turned from a problem into an economic opportunity, and said that the textile industry is only one of its possible applications.

During a brief visit to the Dominican Republic to check on the progress of the policy of transition to sustainable urban mobility, Urpilainen had the opportunity to visit the Santo Domingo metro and cable car facilities, which have benefited from significant European investment and technology.

In addition to Sargasso and transport, the Global Gateway is focusing on water and sanitation, digital development, and sustainable finance, which will receive significant financial support from the EU.

Last July, the European Union-Latin America and Caribbean Summit was held in Brussels, where an additional financial package of 45 billion euros (about 48.6 billion dollars) was approved for various investments across the Caribbean, particularly in the energy, environment and digital sectors.

Through the Global Gateway, the EU and its member states aim to work with partner countries to promote sustainable and inclusive economic development, combat the climate crisis and foster digital development that benefits people.

The strategy aims to increase private investment in priority sectors for partner countries while respecting environmental standards and human rights. EFE


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