Cuba Forests and Sustainable Development

President of Cuba’s Environmental Agency Gisela Alonso Domínguez explained that the national policy of sustainable development has had excellent results.

Alonso noted that forested areas cover 26.2% of the island’s territory. Close to half of those forested areas are for protection from nature, 31% are linked to timber production and 21.7% to conservation, the specialist said, during the International Convention on the Environment and Development in Havana. She affirmed that the gradual growth of the island’s forested areas is fundamentally in response to the implementation of a national program on reforestation and rational use of the soil.

At the triumph of the Revolution in 1959, barely 14% of Cuba’s land surface was forest covered, extensive agricultural production was dominant; the country’s waters, relief and vegetation were characterized by their degradation, and waste was not treated, according to statistics.

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