US and Cuba sign environmental pact

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Fisheries David Balton

A joint declaration to collaborate in environmental protection was signed earlier this week between Cuba and the United States.

The  Cuban embassy in Washington D.C.  says the accord focuses on the sustainable management of natural resources and shared ecosystems, particularly marine biodiversity.

The document also includes areas of common interest in developing bilateral cooperation, such as addressing the cause and effect of climate change, as well as measures for natural disaster risk reduction, which are crucial to address vulnerabilities of both territories.

The declaration expresses the joint willingness of both governments to boost the exchange of scientific, technological information and resources, and to develop joint research studies.

The document was penned at the US Department of State by Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Fisheries David Balton by Cuba’s ambassador to Washington Ramón Cabañas.

This is the second official instrument on the environment signed by the both over the past days following a November 18 memo of understanding on the protection of coastal marine resources, which was the first bilateral accord in the field since Havana and Washington reestablished diplomatic relations in July.

 

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