Three New Protected Areas Declare in Cuba

HAVANA TIMES — Three new protected areas, characterized by their diversity and the conservation of local ecosystems, were reported in the western province of Pinar del Rio, announced specialists to the Prensa Latina news agency on Wednesday.

These consist of the San Antonio embankment, which is a “natural landmark” given the spectacle presented by it coral reefs and its privileged setting; the “wildlife refuge swamp” of Lugones, which is a reserve of birds and aquatic species (and like San Antonio is located on the Guanahacabibes peninsula); with the third protected site being Los Pretiles, whose land and marine areas are of high significance, said Martha Rosa Acosta, a specialist with the Provincial Environment Unit.

Pinar del Rio, known as the “Cathedral of the Cuban landscape,” is a region where the government of the island is engaged in both conservation actions and new tourism projects that exploit newly protected areas.