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Gran Piedra
Santiago de Cuba province, with 24 protected areas, engages in reorganizing management plans for the conservation of natural and historic values of those sites.

Arturo Salmeron, of the Eastern Center of Ecosystems and Biodiversity told the National Information Agency (AIN) they are working in the formation of environmental promoters, interest groups in schools and the publication of small illustrated guides.

It is estimated that 15 percent of the country's territory is occupied by those areas that protect plant, animal diversity and the ecosystem, as the Sierra Maestra mountain range in the eastern part of the island.

The strategy, said Salmeron, includes a process of education among the rural population and workers of the protected areas in order to expand scientific knowledge about the plant and animal species to promote a sustainable management of the areas.

Another project is bird-watching, including the migrant species, activity for which the Gran Piedra zone is one of the main world observatories.

Source: Prensa Latina

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