Environment of Cuba

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Cuba has an environment which includes very wide variety of different natural habitats and is home to large number of species, many of them endangered. Since the arrival of European settlers Cuba has suffered from deforestation as a result of more and more forest area being taken over by humans to use them for agricultural production. Also cutting down trees for firewood and to obtain materials for building has contributed to the loss of forests and extinction of some species. Environmental awareness has since increased in Cuba and in the late 1900s and in the 2000s Cuban government has started new programs to protect the environment and to increase forest coverage.

Satellite Image of Cuba

Environmental causes[edit]

Soil degradation and desertification are the main causes of environmental problems; in addition, Cuba has other issues such as deforestation, water pollution, the loss of biological diversity, and air pollution. Soil degradation and desertification are produced by the lack of good farming techniques and natural disasters. Deforestation is killing the forest, for example, cutting down trees. Water pollution is the contamination of water caused by different industries.[1] Also, the loss of biological diversity is caused by the extinction of different animal species. Lastly, air pollution largely caused by the increasing number of “old” cars that fill Cuba’s streets.

Matanzas

Environmental solutions[edit]

One of the main solutions used by Cuba to regulate the environmental problem was creating an Environmental Educational program, the reason why Environmental Education program helped with the regulation of environmental problem was because Cuban people became more educated on observing the environment.[2] For example, the community was contributing to neighborhood clean-up techniques, the government created new methods to prevent the destruction of the environment, such as organic farming versus using chemicals to treat the lands. Designated areas were built for garbage and industrial waste instead of dumping them into the Havana Bay.

References[edit]

  1. ^ United Nations Environment Program. Conference on Water, Report of Cuba. Volunteer Hydraulic. 2001; 13(39): 47–59.
  2. ^ Skanavis, C.; Sarri, E. (2004). "Need for sustainable development awareness management in Cuba". International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology. 11 (4): 356. doi:10.1080/13504500409469839.