[permaculture] Fwd: Sun. 5pm @ CHICLE: Future of Cuba's envir: atty Dan Whittle]

Lawrence F. London, Jr. lflj at intrex.net
Sat Nov 10 16:21:37 EST 2007

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Subject: 	Sun. 5pm @ CHICLE: Future of Cuba's envir: atty Dan Whittle
Date: 	Sat, 10 Nov 2007 15:20:00 -0600

Sunday, November 11, 2007 at CHICLE, 5:00, Sunday, Talk, The Future of
Cuba's Environment, Daniel Whittle
origin.ih.constantcon/74013AA7*Dan Whittle is a lawyer with the Raleigh
office of Environmental Defense, a national conservation organization.
For the last seven years, he has partnered with Cuban government
officials, lawyers, scientists and conservation groups and others in
Cuba to develop environmental protection strategies, particularly for
sensitive coastal ecosystems. He is the author of several articles on
Cuba, including including "Protecting Cuba's Environment: Efforts to
Design and Implement Effective Environmental Laws and Policies in Cuba,"
(Cuban Studies, Fall 2006), which he co-authored with Orlando Rey
Santos, chief of environmental policy for the Cuban Ministry of Science,
Technology, and Environment.

Cuba is the ecological crown jewel of the Caribbean, with more than
3,000 miles of coastline, spectacular coral reefs, massive mangrove
wetlands, tropical forests, coastal mountains, caves, and rich
biodiversity, unmatched in the region. But despite the scenic beauty and
its relatively abundant natural resources, Cuba is suffering from more
than 200 years of environmental degradation caused by mining,
deforestation, lack of pollution abatement, intensive sugar production,
and other poor land use practices.

The future of Cuba's environment, and its prospects for developing its
economy in a manner compatible with environmental quality and natural
resources conservation, is at the center of a growing international
debate.  Will the Cuban government and its people be able to achieve
meaningful environmental protection while the country is still hurting
economically and isolated politically? The Cuban government has
developed a modern plan for environmental protection and sustainable
development and has started using it. The question now is whether
government leaders will do what it takes to put the plan on the ground.
Or, in spite of the country's new, far-reaching environmental laws, will
Cuba instead subordinate environmental protection goals to economic
development priorities like so many other developing countries have done?

Dan will share stories about what it is like working in Cuba and of his
partnership with Cuban lawyers, scientists and other conservation
professionals. He will lead a discussion on the country's progress on
achieving sustainable development and environmental protection.


Lawrence F. London, Jr.
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