The tropics are a vast, sprawling and dynamic landmass, where the tropic island nation of the Dominican Republic, which is home to the Dominican Air Force, is home.
And it’s a great place to visit.
The country is the fifth largest in the world, after China, India, Russia and the United States, with the most people per square kilometre.
However, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), tropical countries have one of the highest rates of under-nutrition in the developed world, with over half of all children under 5 years old being malnourished.
This translates to a global population that is three times the size of the UK, with more than 8 billion people living in the tropical world.
The problem is compounded by the lack of infrastructure, with infrastructure in the Dominican is still in its infancy, with roads and bridges in poor condition, according the country’s environment minister, José Carlos Moya.
“We have not created the infrastructure to create a sustainable environment,” said Moya, who has been the countrys environment minister since 2006.
“I am tired of waiting for infrastructure, for water, for sanitation, for electricity, for everything.”
And that means, in the past, many tourists have turned to their cars to explore the tropical landscape.
In the past decade, car trips have increased dramatically in the Caribbean island, as the Dominican has become a popular destination for tourists.
In 2010, the Dominican government issued the first ever ‘Bridal Tour’ permit to caravans, allowing them to drive in any direction in the country.
Caravans were issued for the first time in 2010.
Tourism is a key industry in the region, accounting for about 12% of the country s gross domestic product.
However there is still a lot of work to be done in the area, particularly infrastructure.
“In the last five years, we have built several new roads and some of the bridges in the northern part of the island, but there is not enough infrastructure to support them,” Moya said.
Moya also said that the government has been working to increase public awareness about health, which has been key in the improvement of the health of the people in the southern part of Santo Domingo, the capital.
The Dominican Republic has a lot to offer tourists, said Miguel A. Torres, an environmental researcher at the Universidad Carlos III in Santo Domingo.
“The Dominican Republic is a country with a high quality of life and it is a good place for tourists,” he told Al Jazeera.
“But it is still an environment that is quite unhealthy, as well as a place where there are not enough facilities to accommodate tourists and a lot is neglected, especially in the urban areas.”