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Friday, October 20, 2017

Cuba to Discuss Climate Change Impact on Roadways

Havana, Oct 20.- The adaptation of roadways to the impact of climate change and mitigation of their negative effects will be discussed at the International Seminar on Roads Cuba 2017, MICONS reported today.

In a press conference, the Cuban Ministry of Construction (MICONS) announced that from November 8 to 10 the seminar will be held at the Cohíba Hotel under the name Cuba 2017 Climate change adaptation, risk and disaster management for roads and road organizations.

The seminar will be organized by three Technical Committees, explained MICONS Development Director Juan Junco, who added that later the theoretical spaces of the Seminar will be held and it will close with a technical visit to the Mariel Special Development Zone.

He said that the exhibitions of the World Road Association (PIARC) will show progress in the construction of streets and avenues, mainly aimed at risk management, road safety, and climate change, he added.

Junco stressed that Cuban professionals will be able to contribute their experiences about the program undertaken after the passage of Hurricane Irma along the north coast of the island, with real experiences in execution.

Countries such as Belgium, Norway, Mexico, Austria, the United States, France, and Germany have already confirmed their participation in the event, which will involve about 200 delegates.

The Seminar will discuss and evaluate the effects of climate change on infrastructure, an issue that is becoming increasingly important for the transport community, which is part of the actions carried out by PIARC in the framework of the four-year Strategic Plan (2016 -2019) aimed at identifying, developing and disseminating international best practices related to roads.

The seminar also counts with the support of the National Civil Defense Council, the Cuban the Ministries of Transport, Science, Technology and Environment, and Technological University of Havana, the Central University 'Martha Abreu', and the University of the East of Cuba, the National National Union of Architects and Construction Engineers of Cuba, and the Council of Road Directors of Iberia and Ibero America. (PL)