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Ecoarte, a Dream Made True in Moa, Holguin
Ecoarte is much more than a proposal; it is a dream that became true since 1996. It is a program aimed at Education that is based on several long term actions that bring closer an integrating program aimed at boosting ecological and environmental sustainability in the municipality of Moa, in the north-eastern Cuban province of Holguin.
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The zeal sponsored by the Cubaniquel business group of the Ministry of Energy and Mines has reached significant yield in the municipality of Moa, where the country's nickel industry keeps going thru a nature's friendly policy, plus the contribution by the community in such comprehensive steady program.

Ecoarte that is run by MSc. and engineer, Melaneo Maden, seeks increasing culture in the field by all its members - mainly to children and youths - who take the program to the community,.

Maden said that Ecoarte holds events like the Mangrove Fiesta and the Seeds Fiesta, the meeting with Arts and Sciences, and the Ecological Poetry Contest, among other ones that inform and teach, spread skills and artistic, ethical and patriotic values.

All that helps form criteria and define norms for proper behavior and the orientation needed to reach at processes like decision taking, where the care for environment is part of vital rights, Maden says.

The project is based on sustainable development to allow meeting the present-day needs without compromising the capacity of the future generations; therefore, they want to boost in children and youths the need of sharing with the community as a way to double actions on environment care by reducing pollution to a tolerable level.

The strategy devised by Ecoarte goes further than merely caring for nature thru environment education, as they surpass protection by proposing solutions to local problems, but also to take the natural thing and the psychological-social thing as a duty to sound life styles.

For Ecoarte education goes side by side training and awareness, which are pillars for strengthening people's and society's capacities in favor of sustainable development.

Ecoarte's zeal is supported by the University of Moa thru its Center of Environmental Studies, Education, the local branch of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment, Culture, the NGO ProNaturaleza, mass organizations, the Young Communist League, the Cuban Children Org, the Cuban Writers and Artists Association, the Ecology-Systematic Institute, among other institutions

The work with children and youths in Moa make emphasis on the knowledge of the local flora and fauna, and the environment problems caused by mining, said Madem.

Ecoarte that has made its way for 20 years now has become a key factor for the nickel industry and the community; its members have become aware on the need of protecting environment and the exploitation of natural recourses. They have depended so much in the field that they have actively taken part in the deflexions made and have participated in international events held in Moa. / By Alexis Rojas Aguilera.

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