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Saturday, June 6, 2009
UN Representative Acknowledges Cuba’s Environmental Efforts
Santa Clara, Cuba, Jun 6.- The top United Nations development Program (UNDP) representative in Cuba, Susan McDade, praised the island’s commitment to sustainable development and ecosystem preservation naming the implementation of the Energy Revolution as its most apparent endeavor towards that goal.
Speaking at the national award ceremony to mark World Environment Day, an event to acknowledge the environmental work carried out in central Villa Clara province, Ms. McDade, who is also the UN Resident Coordinator in Cuba, highlighted the cooperation between different UN agencies and national institutions on the island.
In addition, she stressed the progress of projects being undertaken by FAO, UNESCO, UNICEF, UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization) and UNEP (United Nations Environment Program), among other international agencies, with regard to soil and species conservation, water quality improvement, pest control as well as the coordinated work in environmental education and the efficient use of energy sources.
During her stay in the province, the UN official confirmed the development of two initiatives supported by UNDP, namely a project for the protection of biodiversity in the Camagüey Savanna Ecosystem and the recuperation of soil fertility in the Dolores community, in the municipality of Caibarien.
Cuban Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and the Environment, America Santos, said that Villa Clara province won the award as part of activities marking World Environment Day, for its sustained and integrated work of local institutions responsible for the preservation of biodiversity. (Taken from Radio Habana Cuba)