Caribbean Biological Corridor Tested Against Natural Disasters

Santiago de Cuba, May 31 (Prensa Latina) With eight hurricanes during one decade, the Caribbean Biological Corridor (CBC) are facing today the challenges derived from climate change in the region and the occurrence of these more intense and frequent phenomena.

Dr. Nicasio Viña, coordinator of the CBC Secretariat, said that they are working on understanding the impact of these extreme events on biodiversity and gave as an example that during the passage of Hurricane Irma along the northern coast of Cuba, previous periodic measurements were taken into account.

The scientist stated that these evidences make possible the knowledge on how much it changed or it was transformed in certain places, which can give signs as interesting as those of high resilience of some ecosystems or the marked fragility of others.

Viña referred in the first case to the capacity of the coastal and sub-coastal xeromorphic shrub of Maisi, in the extreme east of Cuba, subject to four hours under the siege of Hurricane Mattews and its strong winds, where species such as the brazilian avocado and a cactus , rare and difficult to conserve, hardly suffered.

He highlighted the speed with which some of these plants were recovered, which already had sprouts a month, and other species that were scarcely altered, while in other areas the combination of steep slopes and intense gusts and rains severely damaged their natural coverages.

Although these studies have still to be published, the expert asked some questions related to the size and characteristics of the protected areas to face those impacts, before which there are no prescriptions or formulas because their consequences depend on multiple variables.

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