HAVANA, July 6th (EFE) Varadero has received a volume of 53,530 cubic meters of sand to restore 2.5 kilometers of beaches in the last five years, reported on Wednesday responsible for the preservation work.
In addition, between 2013 and 2017, around 35 infrastructures that damaged the coastal ecosystem of the famous beach of Matanzas were demolished, explained the director of the environmental services center of that province, Katia González, quoted by the state-run Cuban News Agency. (ACN)
The restoration process applied to this coastal area allowed to eliminate around 600 cubic meters of invasive plants to favor native vegetation, said the expert.
He also assessed that in those five years it was possible to restore an area equivalent to 105,459 square meters of beach, as well as to control the erosion of the dunes and to establish guidelines on hygiene, infrastructure, services and environmental education.
The specialist indicated that during the current year it has not been necessary to make new sand coverings due to the good response of the areas that were restored, which has reduced the maintenance costs of critical areas by 60 percent.
In general, it considered that the preservation work returns to the ecosystem its goods and services, one of them the defense of the coast against extreme meteorological events, such as hurricanes and the imminent impact of climate change.
Varadero, the first tourist pole of Cuba after Havana, is among the ten most popular sun and beach destinations in the world and its main attraction are the white sands and the warm blue waters of the Hicacos peninsula, where it is located.
This spa town, located on the north coast of Matanzas about 140 kilometers east of Havana, reached in 2017 the record number of 1.7 million foreign tourists.