Havana, June 5 - Regarding World Environment Day, the head of the sector in Cuba, Elba Rosa Pérez Montoya, highlighted today the importance of preserving ecosystems for the sustainability of the planet and its inhabitants.
In her Twitter account, the minister affirmed that the nation celebrates the day by contributing more science and innovation to prevent, stop and reverse the damage caused to the environment.
"Cuba celebrates World Environment Day by providing more science and innovation to prevent, stop and reverse the damage caused to the environment, go from exploiting nature to curing it, the sustainability of the planet and its inhabitants depends on the health of our ecosystems", wrote Pérez Montoya.
In the same social network, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, called for reinforcing commitments to preserve present and future life on the planet.
The chancellor cited a United Nations report, according to which environmental destruction and pollution will advance by leaps and bounds unless one billion hectares of degraded land are restored in ten years.
"Unless we restore one billion hectares of degraded land in 10 years, environmental destruction and pollution will advance by leaps and bounds, warns @UN. It is urgent to strengthen commitments to preserve present and future life. Let us act now. #DiaMundialDelMedioAmbiente", tweeted Rodríguez Grill.
The celebration of June 5 in 2021 focuses on the restoration of ecosystems, with the motto "Reimagine, recreate, restore".
This day also marks the beginning of the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, a ten-year global drive to prevent, halt and reverse the degradation of ecosystems.
Cuba has a total of 119 Protected Areas; six Biosphere Reserves, internationally recognized for their degree of diversity and conservation; six wetlands; a Cultural Landscape and two National Parks as Natural Heritage of Humanity.
According to a recent report from the National Statistics and Information Office, in 2019 a total of 1,376.3 hectares were planted, with an increase in the covered area of forests of 3,286.9 hectares, and a development of the forest area of 31.7 percent.
In addition, Cuba began four years ago to implement a State Plan for Confronting Climate Change, known as Tarea Vida, which is aimed at counteracting the impacts of this process in the vulnerable areas of the Cuban archipelago, most of which are settled in coastal regions, through adaptation and mitigation measures.
Since 1973, World Environment Day has been celebrated every June 5, to raise awareness of the importance of promoting climate and environmental action, sparing no effort or resources. (Text: ACN) (Photo: Internet)