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Flora and Fauna in Moa, Mayari and Gibara at Risk
Mining hits environment in Moa. Photo: La Voz del Niquel
The flora and fauna of the municipalities of Moa, Mayari and Gibara are today endangered due to the lost and fragmentation of their natural habitats, said MSc. Alejandro Fernandez Velazquez, a specialist of Natural Resources of the Center of Research and Environmental and Technological Services (CISAT) in Holguin province.
Investments for Economic Development in Moa, Holguin

For Fernandez Velazquez nickel mining and forest fires are the two most significant factors that hit flora and fauna in the municipalities of Moa and Mayari.

Ranching, agriculture, hunting and fishing, and illegal commerce are the main causes in Gibara.

Fernandez Velazquez also said that marine contamination is quite important in the municipality of Moa; which is caused by the processing of nickel and cobalt; but also the social and economic factor which hit the coasts of the municipalities of Mayari and Gibara.

The expert said that those municipalities show in a general way same pollution problems, what hit the local biological diversity, but that each site has differences in the degree of influences.

The natural, socio-economical and cultural factors that threaten those ecosystems have causes major damages in the local flora and fauna. / By Alexis Rojas Aguilera.

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