Cuba, Climate Change, its Response to Helms Burton

Camaguey, Cuba, May 30 (Prensa Latina) The threatening by the climatic change to Caribbean islands -like Cuba- and the limitations by the US government”s blockade are the main issues in scientific debates in Cuba.

Cuba’s tourist sector is among the most threatened, since ‘the lost of a wide amount of meters of sand, makes its import necessary and each meter of sand is valued in between 4 and 10 euros each at the international market.’ 

Expert Isidro Caballero, from the Cuban Environmental Studies Center, stated that the rehabilitation of Santa Lucia Beach, for instance, requires between 2 and 3 million meters of sand.

According to a specialist from a region ready for a workshop to exchange opinions for the World Environment Day on June 5, the sea level will increase by 27 centimeters by 2050, a potential danger for some 14,000 homes throughout all Cuba.

The activation of Title III of the Helms-Burton Act prevents foreign companies from marketing with oligarchic properties in Cuba before 1959, and that precisely had shares in the main tourist destination of the region of Camagüey.

While Cuba seeks alternatives for confronting climate change, and for this purpose, it implements the Life Task, a state plan with environmental mitigation measures and adaptation to the possible loss of a dozen sandy beaches throughout the archipelago.

Recently, President of the UN General Assembly, Maria Fernanda Espinosa, talked about the Cuban work to create mechanisms for adapting to climate change, a subject which she considered a global reference.


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