Cuba Works to Control Exotic Species in Northern Keys
A program to manage and control invasive exotic plant species is implemented in the northern keys off central Cuba in order to preserve the environment and contribute to the balance of ecosystems.
Environmental specialists from Ciego de Avila prioritize the elimination of casuarina, an unwanted bush that affects bathing areas near hotels in Jardines del Rey. The main goal of the activity, which is part of the state program Tarea Vida, is to stop the proliferation of rare plants that endanger the region's native biological diversity. Due to their rapid growth and reproduction, they replace other species and attack the environment, the endemic flora and the fragile ecosystems, modify the landscape and affect the quality of soils and beaches. The actions includes rehabilitation and reforestation with local plants in the dunes and surroundings of hotel, including species such as Cakile lanceolata and Ipomoea pes caprae, among others.