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Green-friendly enterprise helps save biggest Caribbean wetlands

 IPS 16 December 2019

The 18 communities in Cuba’s Ciénaga de Zapata, the largest wetlands in the Caribbean, have long survived on the abundant local hunting and fishing and by producing charcoal. But that is no longer possible, due to climate change. Now residents of the Zapata swamp are learning how to use the environment responsibly as the wetlands have been deemed a biosphere reserve. The enterprising residents are now making a better living while reducing the damage to nature by making solar water heaters from plastic bottles and fishing only for exotic invasive species. (1087 Words) - By Ivet González

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The El Bosque children’s theatre group singing a song about protecting the wetlands, for which Cuba is seeking World Heritage Site status. Photo: Jorge Luis Baños/IPS

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