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Diaz-Canel expresses concern about climate impact on the Caribbean


Diaz-Canel expresses concern about climate impact on the Caribbean

Bridgetown, Dec 6 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Tuesday expressed his concern about a recent increase in the impact of climate change and natural disasters on small island states of the Caribbean.

During his speech at the 8th CARICOM-Cuba Summit, held in Barbados, the head of State referred to the intensification of weather phenomena such as drought, hurricanes, soil deterioration, and rising temperatures, and mentioned the growing exchange between scientists and agencies in the region.

He added that these meetings contribute to the nations’ preparation to mitigate the risks of natural disasters, and noted the need to promote actions for the preservation of the region’s ecological system, under the current climate emergency.

Diaz-Canel recalled the ties between Cuba’s Civil Defense and the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency, with the possibility of expanding comprehensive early warning systems in the Caribbean and the training of dozens of specialists in these issues.

The Cuban president also stressed the relevance of increasing efforts associated with the Regional Center for Stimulating the Development of Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and the progress made by the Caribbean School of Arts, based in Jamaica.

He highlighted the effectiveness of the diversification of renewable energy sources and, in this endeavor, the Cuban Ministry of Energy and Mines maintains relations with the Caribbean Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency.

Diaz-Canel stated that the goal is the search for alternatives in the Caribbean nations, the unity of efforts and knowledge for a better use of the international resources available in this region.


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