Cuban Flora and Fauna

Cuban Flora and Fauna

Cuba and its bet on first level equestrian sports

Jean-Philippe Camboulives, representative of the International Equestrian Federation, visited Rancho Azucarero, a breeding center located in the province of Artemisa. He also organized a practice with horsemen.

The Havanan Bichon is not a breed that is native of the island, but it has adapted perfectly to our climate. It is an ideal dog for company.

Tourism for the observation of wild birds is one of the most important modalities in Cuban nature tourism. The great biodiversity of the island favors it. The 110 thousand square kilometers of the Cuban archipelago constitute a mosaic of habitats that house 371 species of birds, 25 of them are endemic.

More than 6500 species make up the Cuban flora. Aromatic flowers or timber and fruit trees make forests and yards in the cities of the island. The flora of the Cuban archipelago is characterized by a great variety and beauty. More than 6500 species of plants make up a huge part of the natural treasure that keep the fields in this Caribbean island.

The Zapata Swamp is the largest swamp in Cuba. Thousands of species of plants and animals live there and it's considered a Biosphere Reserve. This place is the largest wetland in our archipelago and one of the largest in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Cuban lovers of birds gather in the National Ornithological Association. This group encourages conservation of the species in captivity. It has over 10 000 members throughout the country and the delegation of Havana, the largest membership reaches 2,000 people.

Cuban fauna is very diverse, but some species are endangered. Human activities and natural changes are the main causes of this situation. Among the great treasures that the flora and fauna of Cuba keep there are interesting species that, beyond their native rarity, are symbols of the evolution of nature.

The richness of the Cuban fauna highlights its location in the Caribbean. Different species available to the island make it an important ecosystem. This paper we present some examples of major endemic species that make up the country nature.

The Cuban fauna is very rich and varied. The 369 species of birds that inhabit the island. They embellish the forests of the country with their songs and colors. Endemic species, naturalized introduced, migratory, among others, make up an extensive catalog in our fauna.

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  • The Cuban government has begun to pay ahead of schedule the debt which was renegotiated with more than a dozen international creditors, in a first step to settle outstanding accounts that historically has been dragging, reported Reuters. Havana sealed in December 2015 an agreement with the Paris Club countries and managed to get 14 governments to forgive him 8,500 of 11,100 million still pending. The repayment of the remaining amount was structured over 18 years and the first payment of about $ 40 million, was made before October 31. "The Cuban government has paid the first installment and has done soon", said the French Ambassador to Cuba, Jean-Marie Bruno. Under the agreement with the Paris Club the 14 countries had a year to sign restructuring pacts that could include the establishment of local accounts, where a percentage of the money owed would be earmarked for development projects.

  • At the fairgrounds Expocuba more than 75 countries and 4 500 exhibitors have gathered since this Monday to seek business opportunities in the Caribbean largest shopping bag. Until November 4 Cuban entrepreneurs can showcase their results in the production of goods and services and present their interests in the search of foreign investment. Aiming for this, the Ministry of Tourism has arranged a larger exhibition area at the fair, for which presents a portfolio of 127 investment projects, including 25 for the construction of hotels, 97 in the form of hotel management with or without external financing and five dedicated to marine management. United States, Spain, France, Italy and Japan increased their participation, and Venezuela, China and Russia are the partners of the island most represented at the meeting.

  • The Roswell Park Cancer Institute, based in the city of Buffalo, will hold in the United States a clinical trial of a Cuban vaccine against lung cancer. The goal is to test the CimaVax-EGF, a treatment developed by the Molecular Immunology Center in Havana. The institute, one of the most important of its kind in the world, becomes the first American medical institution to receive approval from the Food and Drug Administration to test a Cuban medical therapy in that country. The clinical trial is expected to begin in November and to involve roughly 60 - 90 US patients. Although CimaVax-EGF does not provide a cure of the disease, it contributes to slow the growth of tumors and is less toxic than chemotherapy. In this regard, it has already shown promising results in Cuba, and other countries like Peru, Colombia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

  • One of the most important groups in the contemporary world scene will tour Cuba. Odin Teatret will carry out from October 30 to November 25 a tour through several provinces. Based in the Danish town of Holstebro, Odin Teatret is led since 1964 by the Italian master Eugenio Barba. During his stay in Cuba they will present eight shows, which include one-person and group shows as well as a program of lectures, workshops, work demonstrations, audiovisual presentations, master classes and other exchanges. The tour will cover the cities of Las Tunas, Sancti Spiritus, Matanzas, Santa Clara, Camagüey, Pinar del Rio, Bayamo, Santiago de Cuba and Havana.

  • 25th edition of International Ballet Festival of Havana Alicia Alonso has started. The event, one of the most prestigious in the world of dance- will take place until November 6. Among the guests are the company Buenos Aires Ballet, under the direction of Federico Fernández; Dance Americanana -group composed of figures of the New York City Ballet and the Miami City Ballet-; Ballet West, also American, and the Canadian company Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. Also integrate the list Vlovajob Pru, led by François Chaignaud & Cecilia Bengolea; Martha Graham Dance Company, founded in 1929 by the celebrated dancer and choreographer Martha Graham; and Irene Rodriguez’s (Cuba). Also attending the Festival are choreographers Daniel Proietto and Demis Volpi, both Argentinian; Colombian-Belgian Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Cuban Alberto Mendez and Ely Regina Hernandez, who created especially for the event, the pas de deux Winter.

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