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Preliminary draft for Environmental Law monitors Cuban priorities

Preliminary draft for Environmental Law monitors Cuban priorities

Teresa Cruz, a specialist at the Ministry of Science, Technology and the Environment, stated to the media that the law’s purpose is to define the various policies related to natural resources and the different legal frameworks in the country.

She stated that it is an inclusive, broad project developer that supports models like the circular economy and systemic-and-landscape approaches. In addition, she delved into it, it has a title on the natural resources system where Citma’s role as guarantor where search for sustainable development is made clear, another on biological diversity and one on climate change.

The bill, she said, is currently under consideration by the National Assembly of People’s Power (Parliament) and available to the Cuban population, whose criteria and considerations can be obtained through the website of that entity.

Lourdes Coya (Citma specialist) maintained that there is institutional, legislative, and programmatic support on the island to address the problems associated with loss of biodiversity and deterioration in ecosystem goods and services.

The Constitution of the Republic recognizes the right of healthy environment, and there is a section in the draft bill that addresses preservation of diversity.

Other regulations, such the government’s plan to combat crimes and illegalities that threaten forest resources, flora, and fauna, are also mentioned by the official to help contribute to the environmental goals set forth in Cuba.

Now, she explained that work is being done to update a new cycle in the National Program on Biological Diversity. This program has already gone through four phases of execution and whose content defines national goals and measures to control direct and indirect threats.

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She noted that the priority areas for this new stage, which will last until 2030, were processes inherent to environmental education, culture, integration in developmental planning, the implementation financial solutions, and the training and development of human resources.

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