Havana, July 5.- Cuba is implementing an action plan until 2020 to strengthen the National System of Protected Areas (SNAP), according to Granma daily.
The working guidelines of that program include the SNAP inclusion in the process of sustainable comprehensive development and the implementation of risk management to mitigate its vulnerability to the occurrence of disasters, with emphasis on climate change.
Jose Luis Corvea, deputy director of the National Center for Protected Areas (CNAP), told the press that about 211 protected areas (PA) have been so far identified in Cuba.
Of that total, nearly 103 were approved by the Executive Committee of the Council of Ministers, while another 16 are in the process of assessment in order to receive the same opinion, he added.
Corvea stated that they occupy, in general, about 20.2 percent of the Cuban archipelago, including areas of the island platform.
According to him, the areas managed by competent personnel of the National Enterprise for the Protection of Flora and Fauna (which assumes such responsibility in more than 60 per cent of them), the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment and other Entities, has now reached 120.
He highlighted the international recognition of some areas, such as the Alejandro de Humboldt National Park and the Desembarco del Granma National Park, both declared as Natural World Heritage Sites.
The Guanahacabibes, Buenavista, Baconao and Cuchillas del Toa Biosphere Reserves, are also on the list.
The PAs designed to promote the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, forest heritage and other natural ecosystems and historical, cultural and scenic values they possess, have a remarkable representation of the fauna and flora in Cuba. (Prensa Latina)