Confronting Climate Change, a Priority for Cuba

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Havana, July 8 (Prensa Latina) The joint work of scientific research centers and authorities of Cuba strengthens initiatives undertaken as part of the state program Tarea Vida (“Task Life”) to confront climate change, agreed deputies here today.

Speaking at the third ordinary session of the 9th Legislature of the National Assembly of People’s Power (parliament) at the Havana Convention Center, legislator Yury Valdés pointed out the work of some groups organized for this purpose.

According to Valdés, the highest risk places have scientific studies in order to plan activities and make decisions when facing climate change.

The deputy said that such research is updated periodically because this is a subject that is constantly evolving, also said that there are specialists from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment who act as advisors.

This way, the implementation of the “Tarea Vida” (Life Task) program is guaranteed, a State plan to confront climate change based on a multidisciplinary scientific base, he said.

On the other hand, he called to promote the work of culture and risk perception of the population in vulnerable areas, after presenting the results of studies on the implementation of the program in selected territories.

Other legislators ratified the importance of the plan, which contemplates five strategic actions and eleven tasks aimed at counteracting the effects in vulnerable zones, and it gives priority to 73 of the 168 Cuban municipalities, 63 of them in coastal zones and another 10 in the inland of the territory.

Recently, the president of the UN General Assembly, María Fernanda Espinosa, praised Cuba’s work to generate mechanisms to adapt to climate change, an issue in which she considered it to be a world reference.

If you look at the global contribution of polluting emissions, Cuba is a country that practically does not contribute to climate change, but it is a victim of this phenomenon. Nevertheless, it has an ambitious plan (Task Life), which is an example to be followed by other countries, Espinosa told Prensa Latina.

According to the former Ecuadorian foreign minister, Tarea Vida is an example of an intersectoral plan to generate mechanisms to adapt to climate change.

The permanent commissions of the Cuban parliament will meet until next Wednesday with several projects of law in agenda, among them the Electoral, National Symbols and Fishing projects.

(Taken from PL in Spanish)

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