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Cuban coastal adaptation plan at COP28

Dubai, Dec 6 (Prensa Latina) Cuba's Pavilion at the 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) launched the Adaptation Plan for the Havana Coastal Zone on Wednesday.

According to the Ministry of Science, Technology and the Environment (CITMA), this project will benefit more than 700,000 citizens living on Havana’s northern coast, a zone vulnerable to rising sea levels and extreme weather events.

Announced in 2022, the initiative will identify the risks and vulnerabilities of each sector and population group, take adaptation measures, and make investment decisions.

The plan covers from Santa Ana, in Havana’s Playa municipality, to Rincón de Guanabo, in Havana del Este municipality.

With a budget of three million dollars, the project will be implemented over four and a half years. It is supported by the Green Climate Fund, and is implemented by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Cuba in partnership with the Environment Agency (AMA) at CITMA.

Under the motto “Road to Adaptation to Climate Change,” the plan, known as “AdaptHabana”, aims to help fill gaps that inhibit the development of comprehensive risk and vulnerability analyses to climate change, besides formulating viable proactive solutions that can be integrated into existing development plans.