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Cuba: Regional Conference on Protected Areas Underway
Maritza Garcia Garcia, director of the National Protected Areas of Cuba (SNAP) told the press that the holding of the Fifth Regional Conference on Protected Areas constitutes a recognition of the international work carried out by Cuba to protect the environment.

She highlighted the joint effort by several Cuban institutions and governmental entities to boost protection measures in coastal areas throughout the country.

SNAP's action program covers 22 percent of the national territory, including 263 protected sites, 80 percent of which are of national interest.

The selection of conservation areas is aimed at providing protection to local endemic species and to landscapes and preserved ecosystems. Increased attention is placed on autochthonous and endangered flora and fauna species that have been identified in the areas.


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