Specialists Recover Soils in Natural World Heritage

Baracoa, Cuba May 10 (Prensa Latina) The application of an adequate soil recovery strategy allowed the rescue of at least 10 hectares of land in the lands of the Alejandro de Humboldt National Park, according to specialists from that entity.

After the evaluation of the negative impacts of the residual mining prospects in the area, specialists and workers of the Provincial Unit of Environmental Services of the Park known as UPSA, worked on the restoration of ecosystems damaged by mining prospecting in the Plateau of Toldo, in the northeast of the island.

During the rehabilitation process, adaptive constructions of water traps were carried out, a process that allows to contain the speed of runoff of surface water and improves water infiltration of the soil, Gerardo Begué-Quiala, deputy director of UPSA, told the press.

The specialist reported that during 2012, 36.7 hectares of vegetation were identified and 13.5 percent of the total area of the soil affected by degradation processes, which is why conservation methods and other initiatives were applied to protect threatened species of flora and fauna in order to safeguard that ecosystem.

Humboldt Park, a Natural World Heritage Site since 2001, occupies part of the eastern provinces of Holguin and Guantanamo, acquires its name from the German scientist Alexander von Humboldt who visited the island in 1800 and 1801.

It is one of the most important sites in the Western Hemisphere for the conservation of endemic flora, 16 of the 28 forms of vegetation of Cuba are found in this region and their levels of biodiversity and endemism are the greatest of the Antilles and of the world.

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