FAO Highlights Cuban Wetland, the Best Preserved in the Caribbean


A report from Prensa Latina.

The Representation of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Cuba highlighted on Friday the Cienaga de Zapata (west), the largest and best conserved wetland in the insular Caribbean.
Ahead of World Wetlands Day, FAO shared on Twitter a video produced by the project Secret Nature.

The Cienaga de Zapata is Cuba’s wettest territory and one of the largest in Latin America and the Caribbean, approved by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization as a Biosphere Reserve.

The site, which will host the International Nature Tourism Event (Turnat 2019) in September, is one of the most unique in Cuba, where several types of swamp ecosystems are grouped together.

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Landscapes of low plains, swamps and semi-swamps prevail, on peaty deposits and limestone rocks, with hydromorphic soils and natural savannah vegetation of high aesthetic and landscape value.

As a whole, the Cienaga de Zapata vegetation constitutes one of the most important green areas in Cuba and, due to the bflora and fauna species it has, it represents a place of world interest, specialized sites said.

World Wetlands Day has been celebrated every 2 February since 1992 in commemoration of the Convention on Wetlands signing in Ramsar, Iran, in 1971.

This convention is the first treaty on the planet concerning the conservation and wise use of wetlands.

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