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Díaz-Canel recalled the anniversary of first Cuban protected area

Havana, Apr 12 (Prensa Latina) The President of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, recalled today the 93rd anniversary of the creation of the Pico Cristal National Park, the first protected natural area of the Caribbean nation and the fourth in Latin America.

With the purpose of celebrating the National Day of Protected Areas on this day, the president congratulated on Twitter all the people who contribute to the conservation of the natural heritage of the Caribbean country.

The head of state highlighted that the largest of the Antilles has some 231 areas that make up the National System of Protected Areas, “which represents more than 20 percent of the national territory.”

The Pico Cristal National Park, formerly known as the Sierra Cristal, is located in the northwest of the eastern province of Holguín.

The protected areas on the island occupy 21.26 percent of the country’s surface, including areas of the so-called marine island platform.

In addition, they have eight management categories: natural reserve, national park, ecological reserve, outstanding natural element, fauna refuge, managed floral reserve, protected natural landscape and protected area of managed resources.

Conceived with the purpose of favoring the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, forest heritage and other wealth, show a high representativeness of Cuban fauna and flora, reaching levels of endemism above 95 and 85 percent, respectively. .

Cuba has six biosphere reserves: Guanahacabibes, Sierra del Rosario, Ciénaga de Zapata, Buenavista, Baconao and Cuchillas del Toa, international recognition conferred by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco).


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