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International Symposium on Wetlands underway in Zapata Swamp
The Sixth International Symposium on Wetlands 2007 kicked off on Tuesday and will run until Friday in the Cienaga de Zapata municipality in the Cuban western province of Matanzas, with the participation of delegates from some 20 countries.

Zapata Swamp municipality, located 150 kilometers east from Havana, has the largest and best conserved wetland in the Caribbean archipelago.

The Symposium is organized by the Cuban Ministry of Sciences, Technology and Environment (CITMA), and is co-sponsored by a number of national and foreign institutions such as the Science and Technology Ibero American Cooperation Center for the Environment, and the Sabana-Camaguey Project.

Among the international sponsors are the Metropolitan University and the Environmental Affairs School, both from Puerto Rico, and the Ramsar Convention.

The discussions at the meeting are aimed at exchanging experiences on the implementation of scientific research programs in the field and on the sustainable management of those complex and fragile ecosystems.

This kind international symposium is traditionally held in Zapata Swamp, whose wetland boasts the titles of Ramsar Site and Biosphere Reserve due to its excellent level of conservation and to the proper management of its natural resources.


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