Cuba Reaches 31.23 Percent of Forest Area

Havana, May 9 (Prensa Latina) Cuba ended 2017 with 31.23 percent of forest area, complying with the commitments made in the Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro, in 1992, media reports today.

During this event, the country committed to achieve a 29.3 percent of forest area in 2015, which was obtained before that date due to the sustainability of the reforestation policy undertaken after the triumph of the Revolution in January, 1959.

The island’s forest heritage currently exceeds four million hectares, about 3,242,027 of which are covered by forests, Luis Manuel Gomez, specialist of the Forestry, Wildlife and Flora Department of the Ministry of Agriculture, told Granma newspaper.

Cuba slightly increased its forests (0.08 percent) in 2017, despite the damage caused to them by Hurricane Irma in several provinces, said Gomez, who also pointed out that the forest per person ratio is 0,3 hectares in the country.

Guantanamo is the territory with highest forest area in the nation, with 50.38 percent, followed by Pinar del Rio (47.36), Matanzas (39.37) and Holguin (38.69), while the Isle of Youth special municipality shows an index of 69.31.

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