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  • 06 / 05 / 2007

Cuba celebrates World Environment Day

Cuba, whose work to preserve the environment has been recognized worldwide, celebrates the World Environment Day on Tuesday with several activities, including a mass rally in the eastern province of Granma.

This province won the right to host this year the main activities to mark this date due to its results in the protection of the environment - including a 7.6 reduction of organic pollution, an increase of reforestation and the setting up of residuals treatment facilities.

Granma also excelled for their work to improve and preserve the soils and for implementing investment plans that do have negative impacts on ecosystems.

The mass rally, in which delegations from all the country's provinces will participate, is the end of a national campaign that began in June

2006 aiming at educating people on environment protection, the rational use of resources and the need to preserve biological diversity.

Some of the events to mark the World Environment Day also include workshops, scientific events and the granting of awards to institutions leading in the protection of the environment.

In 2006, the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WFF) announced that Cuba is the only country in the world making progress towards sustainable development as its economic growth includes government strategies aiming at protecting ecosystems and saving resources.

The World Environment Day was established in 1972 by the United Nations General Assembly on the occasion of the inauguration, on June 5th that year, of the Conference on Human Environment in Stockholm, Sweden.


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