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Sustainable tourism project to be debated in Cuba

Havana, Jun 14 (Prensa Latina) Sustainable tourism in Cuba is becoming increasingly important because the excessive growth of the so-called smokeless industry could affect the environment, issues to be discussed today at a workshop on the subject.

On this day, several sectors of the country will discuss the project Integration of biodiversity conservation and climate change mitigation in the development of sustainable tourism in Cuba, which addresses the necessary incentives for the sector to change its usual operation and improve its long-term sustainability.

The six-year proposal aims to incorporate the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and climate change mitigation in vulnerable coastal-marine areas through the design and implementation of innovative models with strengthened financial capacities and mechanisms.

Also, strategies to integrate biodiversity into tourism activities and the adoption of practices aimed at low greenhouse gas emissions in hotel facilities, actions to be developed in the Coco and Guillermo keys, located in the central province of Ciego de Avila and in Varadero, Matanzas.

The intention is to promote new paradigms in tourism management in Cuba, a legal and juridical framework for the sector, the strengthening of local alliances so that the actors involved in the tourism value chain can influence the development and management of the destination.

In addition to the development of products and services that promote the respectful use of the natural and cultural heritage, the certification of hotel facilities for sustainable tourism, and the development of a new tourism industry.

The project will be implemented by the Institute of Ecology and Systematics of the Environment Agency, accompanied by the Ministry of Tourism, the main beneficiary, and by the United Nations Development Program, and is financed by the Global Environment Facility. In addition, national and territorial institutions.


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