told ACN that about half of these areas are part of programs
for the protection of nature, 31% is for timber production
mainly, and 21.7% is part of conservation projects, during
the International Convention on Environment and Development.
She pointed out that the gradual growth of the forests in
Cuba is the result of a national program for reforestation
and rational use of lands.
According to some statistics, in 1959, forest areas in Cuba
only covered 14% of the Cuban geography; there was extensive
agricultural and livestock production and the water, the
soil, and the vegetation went trough degradation; and the
residual wastes were not treated.
A recent report by the Regional Office for Latin America and
the Caribbean of the UN program for Environment, notes that
woods are only increasing in Uruguay, Costa Rica and Cuba in
That document states that these are three small countries
with important environmental programs; whereas in the rest
of the world, there is a tendency to reduce forest areas.