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Invite: Protecting the Crown Jewel of the Caribbean - Cuba's Marine Ecosystems

In-person and webcast press briefing at 2 PM on 2/18 during AAAS Conference

Peer-Reviewed Publication

VVH Consulting

Cuba has some of the healthiest coastal ecosystems in the Caribbean, with largely intact coastal mangroves and many of the best coral reefs in the region. The normalization of relations between the United States and Cuba is expected to increase pressures on these systems while also providing new opportunities for collaborative science between the two countries.

Environmental Defense Fund and the University of Vermont are proud to bring together leading Cuban scientists whose research on marine protected areas, sharks, and coral reefs is bringing the U.S. and Cuba closer together. This group of experts will discuss the state of Cuban marine ecosystems and the socioeconomic levers that affect those ecosystems, exploring how science can inform U.S. and Cuban policies. They will highlight pioneering Cuban conservation work that has protected biodiversity, human welfare, and marine ecosystems. Together the group will explore how researchers can work together to study and manage common resources as US-Cuba relations evolve.


Patricia González Díaz, University of Havana

Fabián Pina Amargós, Coastal Ecosystems Research Center

Jorge Angulo Valdés, University of Florida & University of Havana

Joe Roman, University of Vermont (organizer)

Dan Whittle, Environmental Defense Fund (organizer)


In Person: AAAS Meeting (American Association for the Advancement of Science) Hynes Convention Center Room 103, Boston, MA

Live Webcast:

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2 PM EST (Eastern U.S. Standard Time) on Saturday, February 18, 2017


Please RSVP by contacting Violet Dixon (617-510-7101 and or Dan Whittle (919-931-9677 and ).AAAS meeting attendees are also invited to the preceding panel session for all meeting participants on Saturday at 10am, Hynes Convention Center in Room 313.


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