Reforestation of Cuba’s Zaza River Basin

Reforestation actions continue to take place around Zaza river’s hydrographic basin, the second most important in the island, which takes up 87% of the territorial area of the Cuban province of Sancti Spíritus. This natural scenario has an extension of 2,413 square kilometers. [Also see Cuba to Host Fifth Int’l Congress on Forestry in April.]

A study was begun at the end of last year to identify the best locations for planting new trees. The Zaza River’s hydrographic basin is the country’s least forested. The banks of the Zaza River and its major tributaries have been identified as the most crucial areas to reforest, a commitment which is also extended to the shores of reservoirs built in the area of the basin such as Siguaney and Tuinucú.

Parallel works, such as agriculture, science, forest services, and the water resources entity, have been also undertaken to implement changes on a larger scale in future, to prevent contamination of water resources by dumping of waste and to create more and more environmental awareness of the local residents. Several sectors are involved in this program which seeks to stop the deterioration of the basin, which is both a huge water source and an ecosystem where some 285,000 people live.

For original article summary (in English), see http://www.escambray.cu/Eng/science/zazabasin110413226

For original article (in Spanish), see http://www.escambray.cu/Esp/CT/riozaza110412

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