Havana, May 25.- The IWEco.cuba project Conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity from the perspective of Integrated Management of Basins and Coastal Areas in Cuba, began to give its first results.
Under the coordination of researchers from the Center for Environmental Studies of Cienfuegos (CEAC), evidenced the strengthening of environmental monitoring systems that support the integrated management of hydrographic basins and coastal zones in the western, central and eastern regions of the country.
Maikel Hernández Núñez, CEAC communication specialist, informed the Cuban News Agency that the project enabled the publication of four brochures on Environmental Base Line (LBA) studies with data on their areas of intervention, which emphasize in the description of the natural resources to be monitored: biodiversity and aquatic resources.
Such areas of intervention of IWEco.cuba are found in Havana ( Guanabo basin ), Cienfuegos ( Arimao basin ), Sancti Spíritus ( Agabama basin ) and Santiago de Cuba (San Juan basin); as well as its coastal areas of influence, which cover a total of about 2 952.4 km2, 2.69% of the national land area, he explained.
The LBA studies, he added, provide information on the state of the biodiversity and aquatic systems of those areas, to identify the priority environmental problems that should be due to integrated management.
He pointed out that these diagnoses constitute tools to support decision-making for the implementation of specific actions that respond strategically to these threats and, in addition, will contribute to evaluating the effectiveness of their actions.
Hernández Núñez pointed out that another important effect of this project is the Protocol for the evaluation of water quality.
Also outstanding are the Guide for the identification of morphospecies of flowering-forming cyanobacteria in the fresh waters of Cuba and an updated Illustrated Catalog of Cuban microalgae and sweet-growing cyanobacteria.
According to the specialist, both documents are important for the taxonomic identification of microalgae and cyanobacteria, biological groups monitored by the IWEo.cuba project, which contribute to knowledge about part of the biodiversity of inland waters.
He considered that, in perspective, the project will contribute, without a doubt, to the development of the Tarea Vida or Plan of the Cuban State to confront climate change, of global significance. (Text and Photo: ACN)