Cuba to Host Int´l Conference on Impact of Hurricane Sandy

By Martha Cabrales Arias

Santiago de Cuba, Nov 24 (Prensa Latina) The 6th International Conference on the Comprehensive Management of Coastal Areas, Caricostas, to be held here in May, 2013, will discuss the impact of Hurricane Sandy on the coasts, which are the most vulnerable environments to the effects of climate change.

In remarks to Prensa Latina, Dr. Ofelia Perez, Director of the Center for Multidisciplinary Studies on Coastal Areas (Cemzoc) of the University of Oriente, said the event is expected to be a bright opportunity to examine such complex circumstances.

She said experts from Mexico, Venezuela, Canada, Colombia, Uruguay, Spain, France and Brazil have expressed interest in attending the conference, where they will be able to evaluate concrete experiences in the wake of the passage of the devastating hurricane in the region.

The main subject of Caricostas 2013 will be integration for the sustainability of coastal ecosystems against climate change, with aspects including social studies, health and environment, as well as the impact of technology, said Perez.

In the wake of passage of Huricane Sandy on Oct.25, the coast of Santiago de Cuba and the southern coasts of eastern Cuba in general suffered heavy damages, with unprecedented volume of sea water pushed in and other effects that changed the scenery dramatically.