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Wetlands 2017 Promotes Care for Peatlands in Caribbean Basin

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CIENAGA DE ZAPATA, Cuba, Nov 8 (acn) The 11th International Symposium Wetlands 2017 dedicated on Wednesday a space to promote the preservation of peatlands in the Caribbean, which are accumulated organic material that are valuable reserves of carbon in the swampy ecosystems.
 
Scientists from Chile and Germany participated in the peatland round table: hidden treasures of the Caribbean during the third day of the event held in Cuba’s Biosphere Reserve and Ramsar site.
 
The Director of the Neo-Tropical Training Center of Wetlands in Chile, Elier Tabilo Valdivieso told ACN that countries must work together to protect the wetland ecosystems that have peatlands in tune with the strategy directed to face climate change.
 
Peatlands are found in specific types of wetlands, systems saturated with water, and stressed that Zapata Swamp has important reserves of peatland and mentioned that public policies are among the favorable alternatives to care the ecosystems.
 
The expert added that it is important to educate the communities settled in the wetlands, which depend on them as food in order to use the natural resources in a sustainable matter the.
 
We are motivated in visiting Zapata Swamp where there is an important history in the conservation of peatlands and we expect to use this experience in a future project, said Tabilo Valdivieso.
 
Other issues discussed during Wednesday’s session was environmental governance and the local development of wetlands, in addition to experiences in the implementation of Environmental Bases Project for the local food sustainability.
 
The 11th International Symposium Wetlands 2017 began last Monday and will run until Friday with the participation of scientists from Germany, Chile, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Holland, Panama and Cuba.
 

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