GCCA+ in the news: the Cuban coastal project results in Ciego de Avila

Coastal Resilience, financed with four million euros from the European Union (EU), through the Global Alliance for Climate Change plus (GCCA+), is progressing in its work and results were specifically made known regarding the restoration of coastal settlements in Cuba’s Ciego de Avila province, one of the most affected in the country after the passage of Hurricane Irma in September 2017.

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In Punta Alegre, more than 20 hectares of mangroves have been restored since 2020, despite the complexities in the epidemiological situation, and in 2022 the allocation of equipment is expected to allow progress in the rehabilitation of the compromised areas.

The rehabilitation of mangroves will allow the creation of a natural containment barrier that will dissipate marine energy in case of extreme weather events, will prevent coastal erosion, will reduce soil salinization and will ensure the protection of numerous animal species.

Teresa López Seijas, coordinator of the project, noted the completion of the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Center in the municipality of Chambas, the first in the province and the forerunner in the country of an integrated vision of this activity, by linking up with the Territorial Delegation of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment.

Some 600,925 people will benefit from this initiative, led by the Ministry of Science, Technology and the Environment, through the Environment Agency and its National Group for Risk Assessment, with the support of the UNDP and the participation of Civil Defense, Agriculture, Water Resources and Physical Planning.

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