The United Nations Program for Development (UNDP) has praised Cuba’s work on the care and conservation of its biodiversity, especially in the north-central Sabana-Camaguey ecosystem, that encompasses 35 protected sites.Myrtha Kaular, the resident UNPD representative in Cuba highlighted work to preserve its flora, fauna and ecosystems.
She said that a UNPD sponsored report on the implementation of the sustainable development 15 objectives that is in global circulation, cites Cuba as an example of what needs to be done in this regard.
To mark the World Biodiversity and Environment days on May 22 and June 5 respectively, the official explained that the text signaled that Cuba had introduced marine biodiversity regulatory measures for the Sabana-Camaguey ecosystem, under threat from tourism, fishing and agricultural activities.
The report indicates that since the project was first implemented the government commitment to sustainability is reflected in a threefold rise in the budget for the tourism sector.
But it is not only on biodiversity that the UNPD partners Cuba. The United Nations body also recognizes the Island’s continuous work on environmental issues and the care and protection of flora and fauna.
The UN official stressed that more than 15% of Cuba’s national territory has a Protected Area designation, a figure that she said demonstrates the degree of social and environmental development that Cuba has attained.
She added that such indicators make the Island shine internationally and reiterated that the agency would accompany Cuba in all of it’s endeavors to attain sustainable development.
An extensive nationwide educational program, aimed at forming a planetary care and ecological conscience in the younger generation was launched in Cuba to celebrate World Environment Day.
Under this year´s “Today´s efforts guarantee our future” slogan, the UNPD also premiered a documentary about Cuban biodiversity, opened a scientific demonstration of the work of Cuban naturalists that the National Archive has preserved and a photographic exhibition of underwater panoramas at the Jardines del Rey (King’s Gardens) on Cuba’s north-eastern keys.Share on FB Share on TT