Cuba Presents Models to Handle Climate Change in Agriculture

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Havana, Dec 1 (Prensa Latina) After five years of researches, Cuba presented today two work models for adapting to climate change in the agricultural field, as part of a project focused on food sustainability financed by UNDP.

The Basal project, food bases for local food sustainability, led by the Cuban Environment Agency, showed the preliminary results of a model that allows water management taking into account climatic conditions and varied agricultural issues.

The WEAP (Water evaluation and planning), as one of the two models is called, favors also the assessment of the impact of varied climatic scenarios in agriculture.

This model was implemented in Los Palacios community, in the western province of Pinar del Rio, in which three superficial hydrographic basins are located with great importance for the production of rice.

According to researchers from the Institute of Tropical Geography, through this model the water supply needed by workers for each kind of growing can be assessed.

The authors said that with the model the possible guidelines for operating dams can be outlined, to anticipate situations of lack of water supply and be able to choose the most favorable time to plant.

Bioma (Biophysical models applications) is the second model through which the most likely performance of agricultural production can be assessed in different regions and varied climatic scenarios.

Considered a project of great significance for the socioeconomic and environmental development of Cuba by supporting adaptation to climate change in Cuba, Basal is implemented by UNDP with the participation of the European Union’s Research Research Center.

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