Cuba Takes Actions to Preserve Biodiversity
2011.05.18 - 19:07:52 / ACN
Matanzas, Cuba.- Authorities from the Cuban Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (CITMA) in the western province of Matanzas are boosting actions to preserve biodiversity in its Biosphere Reserve and its 22 protected areas.
On the occasion of the International Day of Biodiversity, on May 22, specialists have organized talks in schools and communities nearby or inserted in protected areas for raising awareness on the importance of their preservation.
Actions in the Cienaga de Zapata ––the biggest swamp in the Caribbean––, which was declared Biosphere Reserve by the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) are oriented to maintaining balance and preserving autochthonous species rather than invader flora and fauna.
In Cuba, there are other five Biosphere Reserves: Sierra del Rosario, in Pinar del Rio and Artemisa provinces; the Peninsula of Guanahacabibes, in Pinar del Rio; Baconao Park, in Santiago de Cuba; Cuchillas del Toa, in Guantanamo and Holguin; and Buenavista in the north central part of Cuba.
A biology specialist from CITMA in the province, Nelvis Gomez Campos, told ACN that efforts in the Cienaga de Zapata are mainly focused on the control and management of catfish, the elimination of sicklebush, and on the control of the melaleuca bush and the myriophllum aquatic plant.
Preservation brigades from the National Enterprise for the protection of the flora and fauna of the Cuban Ministry of Agriculture and the Fishing Ministry are taking forward the preservation actions, under the guidance of CITMA.
These kinds of actions are also implemented in the 22 protected areas of the territory, out of which 14 posses the proper administrative structures for their putting into practice.