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Cuba´s coastal town boasts nearly 20 resilient yards (+Photo)

Sancti Spíritus, Cuba, Jun 22 (Prensa Latina) A score of resilient yards is being currently in operation in the Simón Bolívar community, in the northern municipality of Yaguajay, where gender and social equity approach is also strengthened.

Félix Pentón, coordinator of the international Coastal Resilience project in the community, said they are being supported by the José Martí Pérez University of Sancti Spíritus.

Villagers were trained in sustainable agro-ecological practices that allow them to use water efficiently, promote forest and fruit species, as well as to diversify crops and adapt to climate change, he added.

Pentón also pointed out that the Simón Bolívar Community was picked to this new project since it links villagers with agricultural-livestock and conservation activities.

Thanks to this project, it was managed to set up an automated meteorological station at the Piñero community, which allows measuring climate variability; an automated tide gauge in Playa Vitoria, and also provided a sea surveillance camera to measure storm and hurricane impacts.

Pentón emphasized that Coastal Resilience provides tools that lead specialists to introduce the dimension of risk management and adaptation to climate change in Yaguajay.

Coastal Resilience is a project financed by the EU and the UN Development Program, and rolled out in Cuba by the Environment Agency of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (CITMA).