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IAEA top official praises work of Cuban scientists

IAEA top official praises work of Cuban scientistsCIENFUEGOS, Cuba, Mar 23 (acn) Dazhu Yang, Deputy Director General and Head of the Technical Cooperation Department of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) called the Cienfuegos Environmental Studies Center (CEAC by its Spanish acronym) an important partner for the outstanding work of its scientists.

After a tour to CEAC facilities and the inauguration of the Caribbean Regional Observatory for the study of marine acidification, the expert told the press that his organization has been providing permanent assistance to that scientific institution.
This collaboration includes the implementation of technical cooperation programs and staff training.
He noted that Cuba has received such assistance, but at the same time CEAC has had the capacity to provide the expertise of its specialists and to support some of the cooperation programs established by the IAEA.
We have also supported CEAC in the delivery of technical equipment, while Cuba participates with experts in courses and trainings, said Dazhu Yang who has also visited the Technological Applications and Nuclear Development Center and the Isotope Center, among others.
PhD. Alain Muñoz, CEAC specialist, highlighted the contributions of this cooperation, which reach surpasses the national territory and intertwines all Latin America by allowing the strengthening of national capacities in this matter.
He emphasized how together, for 15 years, they have assisted in the solution of national development problems, studies of complex global processes such as acidification and sea level rise, and the flowering of toxic algae, salinization of watersheds and transport of pollutants in these environmental systems.
The sense of cooperation also goes to the use of the capacities installed in Rancho Luna Provincial Diving Center, where the Caribbean Regional Observatory is located, where scientists are trained to certify them for the dives, while the divers cooperate with the monitoring of Cienfuegos coral reef.
This Observatory is the first in Cuba and is part of a program funded by the IAEA, with studies already begun in the keys north Villa Clara province and in the Rancho Luna area itself.
The studies take as cores the corals, organisms that reflect the sea acidification level.
Cienfuegos is privileged for its species of corals, specially the so-called Notre Dame, due to its resemblance to the French cathedral and about five meters high.

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