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Foreign Experts Confirm Attendance to Cuban Forum on Wetlands



Matanzas, Oct 23.- The Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (CITMA) confirmed today the presence of specialists from eight countries at the 11th International Symposium on Wetland Management, which will address the conservation of these vulnerable ecosystems.

The meeting is organized by the CITMA delegation of the western province of Matanzas and the National Center of Protected Areas and is scheduled from November 6 to 10 in Ciénaga de Zapata (Zapata Swamp).

Ciénaga de Zapata, south of Matanzas and about 180 kilometers southeast of Havana, is considered the largest and best-preserved wetland in the entire Caribbean island, declared a Ramsar Site and Biosphere Reserve.

Ángel Alfonso, president of the steering committee, highlighted the presence of experts in the theme of reference, both internationally and nationally, who will promote approaches and experiences that will support the objectives of the meeting.

Among them was the academic Rudolf S. de Groot of the Netherlands, who will be in charge of the opening conference of the event entitled Benefits of wetland resources for conservation and sustainable management.

Delegates from Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, Brazil, Chile, the United States, and Germany have also ratified their participation, and confirmation from representatives of El Salvador and Guatemala is expected.

Project management, and implementation; Environmental goods and services; Management, conservation and rehabilitation of ecosystems, landscapes and biodiversity; and Governance in marine coastal ecosystems, are part of the topics to be discussed in working groups. (Prensa Latina)