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Actions to Protect Biological Diversity in Holguin, Cuba
Mangrove planting in Moa, Holguin, Cuba. Photo: Alexis .Rojas
Dealing with the factors that hit the loss of biodiversity and integrate the priorities identified in this field to the sectoral and regional strategies, is one of the goals of the Environmental Strategy (2016) in the northeastern Cuban province of Holguin.
Environmental Education Boosted in Cuban Province of Holguin

Actions to achieve this goal include Community Environmental Education through training courses addressing issues on conservation, use and management of biodiversity and biosafety.

An effort that commits the Ministries of Education, Higher Education, Public Health and Culture, the Center for Research and Environmental Services and Technology, the Museum of Natural History, the Botanical Garden and the Environmental Training Network (REDFA).

Actions also aimed at increasing surveillance and protection of illegal hunting of native birds and other species of special significance of flora and fauna, as well as promoting the conservation and sustainable use of ecosystems, habitats and species.

One issue that deserves particular attention is the elimination of fishing practices devastating the marine environment and inland waters.

Monitor compliance with all applicable regulations for the conservation, development and rational exploitation of aquatic resources existing in the Holguin economic zone, including the granting of authorizations (licenses) for commercial and sport-recreational fishing, are among the responsibilities of the Ministry of Food and the National Office of State Inspection to achieve the objectives of the Environmental Strategy for 2016.

Other actions aim to implement more rigorous regulations established in Decree - Legal Law 164 and the penalization of violations.

The development of studies on distribution, abundance and density of endemic or threatened species, and to increase the assessment of the conservation status of endangered wildlife species, are also part of this environmental strategy.

Actions also include biodiversity researches in the protected areas of Bitirí Bridge, Tánamo Bay and Delta of Mayari. / Ahora.

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