Cuba Reaches Favorable Results in Environmental Activity

Havana, May 19 (Prensa Latina) Cuba will celebrate the 2018 World Environment Day on June 5, with favorable results in the environmental activity, experts from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (CITMA) assured in this capital.

One of Cuba’s main achievements was the approval on April 25, 2017, by the Council of Ministers, of the Tarea Vida Life Task Program, a state Plan for the Confrontation to Climate Changes, said Odalys Goicochea, Director of Environment of the CITMA at a press release.

Last year, 86,000 hectares were benefited through the National Soil Improvement and Conservation Program, and a forest rate of 31.2 percent was also achieved, said Goicochea.

The national beach rehabilitation program was completed with the completion of one hundred percent of the technical projects and the guarantee of the quality of their execution.

In addition, rates of treatment of wastewater, the continuity of chlorination and the potability index were maintained above 96 percent, she added.

Up to date, 21.1 percent of the total number of outbreaks that make up the Contamination Sources Eradication Program, which affect the water supply, have been resolved.

The actions of the Ministry of Construction to meet technical standards and mitigate noise in new buildings, as well as in the municipalities belonging to the Basin of the Bay of Havana, were also presented.

For the first time real-time modeling of coastal floods by sea penetrations was carried out, confirming the correspondence of the results of the hazard, vulnerability and risk studies with the estimates of damages caused by Hurricane Irma, the representative of CITMA confirmed.

However, despite these results, it is necessary to emphasize the protection of water resources for the country’s development, as well as in the face of climate change, said Goicochea, who believes that they must work together to ensure the natural defense of the archipelago.

The World Environment Day is celebrated every June 5 and was established by the General Assembly of the United Nations in its resolution of December 15, 1972.

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