UNCCD Regional Expert for Middle America and the Caribbean, Guatemalan Alan Gonzalez, told ACN news agency that very good use is made in the region of the technologies developed by Cuban specialists for the rehabilitation and recuperation of degraded land.
He made reference to the fact that Cuban scientists are advising the formulation of the Sub-regional Program of Action for Middle America, aimed at confronting the increasing deterioration of soils due to climate change.
Their knowledge is very useful for nations in Central America and Mexico, stressed Gonzalez, who is one of the personalities invited to the 3rd International Conference underway at Havana's Convention Center until Friday. He said that, in this regard, the situation is critical not only in that region, but also in the rest of the world, due to the extension of arid, semi-arid and sub-humid lands.
Over the last 50 years, there have been greater and faster environmental changes than in any other period of history, he commented.The Guatemalan specialist added that these phenomena are due to the poverty, injustice, and inequality that exist between nations in the north, where resources abound, and nations in the south, where they are scarce.
According to UNCCD statistics, 28% of the land in Latin America and the Caribbean, where 125 million people survive, including 60% of the poorest is affected, and losses amount to one million dollars a year.