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Conference in Cuba to address impact of climate change on ecosystems

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MATANZAS, Cuba, Sep 17 (acn) Experts from various nationalities will discuss topics such as the impact of climate change on ecosystems during the Tenth International Wetlands Conference, which will be held from November 3 to 6 in the Zapata Swamp, south of Cuba .

Control of invasive alien species, community work, and adaptation strategies to environmental conditions will be among other topics on the agenda of the event, which will be attended by representatives from the US, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Puerto Rico and Hungary.
Angel Alfonso, president of the organizing committee of the symposium, told ACN that the meeting will be useful for sharing experiences on the proper management of water resources in wetlands, in terms of achieving sustainable use of these vulnerable landscapes.
The also researcher of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (CITMA by its Spanish acronym) in the province of Matanzas, recalled that climate change particularly concerns to small island states, hence the importance of reducing risks from extreme weather events.
Alfonso explained that there are today favorable conditions for the conservation of the Zapata Swamp, the largest wetland in the Caribbean islands, where illegal construction in coastal areas, one of the factors causing beach erosion, are being eradicated.
In this region, declared Biosphere Reserve and Ramsar Site, the interest of preserving nature by local authorities and the community is evident, while continuing studies on hazards, vulnerabilities and risks, Alfonso said.
The Zapata Swamp, located about 180 kilometers southeast of Havana, has an area of 4322 square km, and provides shelter to over 165 species of migratory birds and native species, as well as hosting the largest flooded caves system in Cuba.

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