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Cuba plans to increase forest areas

English.news.cn   2012-08-08 10:47:11            

HAVANA, Aug. 7 (Xinhua) -- The Cuban Ministry of Agriculture is developing a National Forest Program to increase the nation's forest lands, official daily Granma reported Tuesday.

The director of the ministry's forestry department, Isabel Russo Milhet, said the program would increase forest land by 2.3 percent to 29.3 percent of the country's total area by the end of 2015.

It calls for reforestation in degraded forests and promotion of the use of domestic sources of improved seeds.

Cuba has already achieved some "tangible results" in working to increase forest land and improving an early fire warning system, Russo said.

According to official figures, before Cuba's socialist revolution in 1959, only 13.4 percent of national territory was forested land.

Editor: Chen Zhi
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