Camaguey, Mar 12 (Prensa Latina) The EUROCLIMA + Cuba program was launched today in this central-eastern region, with a project that aims at reducing disaster risks (RDR) due to climate change.
In the case of this island, the chronogram has as main organizer the United Nations Development Program – Cuba, focused on the effects of Climate Change to the dangers of floods and droughts in the center-north of the country, affected by Hurricane Irma in September 2017.
In addition to Camagüey, the largest region of Cuba with 16,000 square kilometers; Ciego de Avila turns out another province with over a dozen coastal municipalities fully involved, and where it is intended to strengthen the capacity of comprehensive management for preparation, response and prevention against threats of floods and droughts.
A system composed of several specialists from the National Institute of Hydraulic Resources, and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (CITMA), will allow during 18 months to carry out a set of actions to improve adjusting capabilities to climate variability.
In statements to the press, Elvilayne Vidal, administrative assistant of the Risk and Disaster Area of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), assured that work will be carried out on ‘the expansion of connections for the transmission of hydrological data and the revision of the protocols of prevention of the reservoirs.’
EUROCLIMA + Cuba is extended by another 25 municipalities in the center and north of the country; in subsequent stages Villa Clara, Sancti Spiritus, Ciego de Ávila and Camagüey, with a total of 7 underground basins and the same number of superficial basins of provincial or national interest.