The program will facilitate the management of the local governments of Chambas and Florencia, in Ciego de Avila, municipalities belonging to the Bamburanao Special Region for Sustainable Development (REDS), because it establishes the procedures for the proper management of natural resources.
The rural area Rincon de Mabuya and the urban settlement of Florencia were the places chosen in Ciego de Avila to carry out these studies, according to the technical coordinator of the international Connecting Landscape project, Freddy Morales.
He highlighted that some of the purposes are the improvement of the housing fund and joining efforts of various institutions to guarantee the effective protection of biodiversity against current and future threats in mountainous landscapes.
It also includes defining environmental policies, offering recommendations aimed at the sustainable management of areas and increasing the standard of living of the population, for which it is important to improve the quality of water and soil, with a view to raising agricultural production.
The proposals support the use of agroecological practices and agro-silvo-pastoralism, through the use of living fences with native species that protect the soil and favor the growth of grasses by regulating the temperature and humidity in the area, he pointed out.
In short, they intend to identify the environmental and social problems that affect the population, and propose viable solutions with a landscape approach, aimed at maintaining connectivity from mountainous areas to coastal ecosystems, the expert explained.
The REDS Bamburanao also covers areas of the mountainous systems of Yaguajay, in Sancti Spiritus, and Caibarien and Remedios, in Villa Clara.