La Ciénaga de Zapata

GREEN TRAVEL / ECOTOURISM


La Ciénaga de Zapata, Matanzas/Cuba, has an interest as a holiday destination, in the first term, for the lovers of nature tourism: observation of birds, hiking, ecotourism; but there is also space for the lovers of diving, of adventure tourism, of the sport fishing and of the enjoyment of beaches, and even for the interested ones in the recent history of the island.

This place is a mix of rural places and wild beaches, being this aspect what makes the place so special. You can also enjoy its beautiful and unique mangrove swamps, one of the most important attractions of this spectacular location.

The climate and weather of this place make it possible for our visitors to enjoy multiple birds that come from different parts of the world and want to make La Cienaga de Zapata their new home for the season.

This area is considered by UNESCO one of the six places of the Biosphere Reserve in the world and Ramsar in Cuba. It is also the biggest wetland in the Insular Caribbean.

You can also see many endemic species in these marshes like the Rhombifer Cuban crocodile, one of the most archaic crocodiles of the planet as well as many other species in danger of extinction and much valued as the Manatí and Manjuarí.

Main Activities

Diving

Interpretative hiking

Photographic hiking

Fishing Fly


The Green Link

New wildlife conservation Patronages announced for The Duke of Cambridge

THE GREEN FACTOR


On October 19th, The Duke of Cambridge has become Patron of two wildlife conservation charities, handed to His Royal Highness by The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh.

The new patronages, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), align with The Duke of Cambridge’s longstanding work around conservation and support for communities protecting their natural environment for future generations.

Established in 1903, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is the world’s oldest international wildlife conservation organisation. The Queen has held the role of Patron for almost seven decades.

FFI focuses on protecting biodiversity, which underpins healthy ecosystems and is critical for the life-support systems that humans and all other species rely on. It protects threatened species and ecosystems worldwide, choosing solutions that are sustainable, based on sound science and that enhance human well-being. Operating in more than 40 countries worldwide, FFI is also a founding member of United for Wildlife, and was recently announced as Global Alliance Partner of The Earthshot Prize.

The British Trust for Ornithology aims to empower communities to protect local bird species and their natural habitats in order to ensure they are preserved for generations to come, whilst also working to promote the benefits of the natural world on our health and wellbeing. Through its network of volunteers, the BTO gathers data to build upon our understanding of the natural world, providing a solid evidence base that supports informed decision-making and conservation action.

The Duke of Edinburgh has been Patron of the BTO for over thirty years, and is a lifelong ornithology enthusiast. His Royal Highness’ interest was first sparked in 1956 while travelling in the Royal Yacht Britannia between New Zealand and Antarctica, where The Duke began to identify and photograph the seabirds native to the region


Source: Royal Communications


The Green Link

China Proposes Max $4,500 Fine for Carbon Market Violations

THE GREEN FACTOR


China’s top environmental regulator is proposing a maximum fine of 30,000 yuan ($4,500) for participants in the country’s new national carbon market that don’t buy enough allowances to cover their greenhouse gas emissions.

The punishment was among several details outlined in a consultation paper the Ministry of Ecology and Environment sent to other government departments, seeking stakeholder opinions. Another penalty for insufficient coverage was an unspecified reduction in the amount of initial emissions allowances companies would get the following year.

The maximum penalty would be small compared to Europe, where a carbon market has been operating since 2005, and where damages are set at 100 euros per metric ton of emissions not covered by allowances. Three airlines that entered either administration or liquidation face penalties of more than 30 million pounds each as of Sept. 29, according to U.K. government data.

“The financial fine of up to 30,000 yuan is relatively low compared to the international existing systems,” Lina Li, China coordinator at the International Carbon Action Partnership, said by email. Still, she expects compliance levels of the national program to be satisfactory based on the experience of regional pilots.

In addition to the proposed penalties, the ministry laid out the following in its consultation paper:


Source: Bloomberg Green

The Green Link