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UNICEF studies effect of climate change on Cuban children

Havana, Mar 13 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), in coordination with other organizations, is reportedly studying the effect of climate change on children and adolescents in communities of Cuba's southern coast.

According to the Ministry of Science, Technology and the Environment (CITMA), the study focuses on areas with multiple risks and vulnerabilities, including La Coloma in Pinar del Rio province and Júcaro in Ciego de Avila province.

Granma newspaper informed that a team from the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO) is studying those settlements, which are part of the Mi Costa (My Coast) global project.

The work uses research methods and techniques (interviews and discussion groups) to assess the effect of climate change on children living in those communities.

The information is conceived through meetings with local managers from organizations such as the Civil Defense, the National Institute of Hydraulic Resources (INRH), the Cuban Institute of Meteorology (INSMET), and CITMA.

Dariadna Barrios, a professor at FLACSO-Cuba, told the Cuban News Agency that the survey will help strengthen the Mi Costa project’s capacity building among these age groups and livelihood assessment.