Matanzas, Mar 24 – Cuban Ministry of Science, Technology and the Environment (Citma) called today for the 11th International Symposium on Handling of Swamplands, with topics prioritized on conservation of these important and vulnerable ecosystems.
The venue is organized by the Citma delegation of the western province of Matanzas and the National Center of Protected Areas and will take place from November 6 to 10 in the municipality of Cienaga de Zapata.
The swampland south of Matanzas and 180 kilometers southeast of Havana, is considered the largest and best conserved swampland of the insular Caribbean.
Angel Alfonso, president of the organizing committee stressed the presence of scientific personalities that stand out in the topic of reference both internationally as in the country, promoting analysis and experiences that will support the targets of the meeting.
He quoted examples such as academic Rudolf S. Groot of The Netherlands, Maria Rivera, secretary of the Convention Ramsar,l Switzerland; Elier Tabillo of the Neotropical Center of Training on Swamplands, of Chile; and Juan Padin, rector of the Metropolitan University of Puerto Rico.
According to Alfonso, the unequaled environment of the Cienaga de Zapata will contribute to improve the design and implement activities of rehabilitation, as well as those corresponding strategies for the mitigation and adjustment to climate change.
Other interesting topics will be the teledetection in investigations and handling of swamplands; climate change, lines of research and strategies to contain it; and education, training and information.
Thematic issues will also debate: Local development and community work; Exchange networks, Design, implementation and impacts.(Prensa Latina)