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Cuba is one of the first Latin American countries to have finished a report on the Caribbean Sea pollution affecting national coasts.

The conclusions of this research will be the basis for the development of a regional project against contamination that will include twenty-eight Caribbean nations, said Director of the Caribbean Environmental Network (CEN), Dr Antonio Villasol.

In the last twelve years, contamination has been reduced by 30 percent, noted the Cuban expert, who is also director of the Center of Engineering and Environmental Management of Bays and Coasts (CIMAB).

Dr Villasol explained that this decrease is in response to the control of noxious substances in surface waters --especially organic waste which reduces the oxygen in the water-- and toxic waste such as hydrocarbons generated by the oil industry.

CEN, based in Cuba, is one of the three protocols of the Caribbean Environmental Program (CEP).

Colombia, Venezuela and Trinidad-Tobago have also delivered their reports, but most of the twenty eight states of the Greater Caribbean, which includes the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean Basin, Bahamas, Suriname and both Guyanas, have not done so yet.

CIMAB and other international organizations are sponsoring the 7th Congress on Sea Sciences taking places in Havana's Convention Center until Friday, with the participation of experts from fifteen countries.
Source: Caribbean Net News

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