Cuba and CARIBSAN to sign wastewater framework agreement

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Representatives of the Caribbean Cooperation for the Treatment of Wastewater from Natural Heritage (CARIBSAN) and the National Institute of Hydraulic Resources (INRH by its Spanish acronym) are due to sign a framework cooperation agreement in Havana on Saturday.

The signing of the document will be the last action of a CARIBSAN mission that arrived in Cuba a week ago with the aim of presenting and promoting a project to improve sanitation in the fragile ecosystems of its coastal areas and to carry out a institutional and technical action.

Presenting the details, the president of the Martinique water office, Lucien Saliber, indicated the initiative which also includes Cuba, Dominica, Saint Lucia, Guadeloupe and Haiti, who have asked to join. at the promotion meeting.

Saliber explained that CARIBSAN encourages the use of artificial wetland systems with planted filters for the treatment of waste, relying on the purification capacities of nature, effectively applied for years in Guadeloupe and Martinique.

He described as advantageous the fact that it is a simpler solution, less expensive to build and maintain than conventional sanitation solutions, and with greater resistance to hydro-meteorological phenomena that impact the sub-surface. region, especially cyclones during their season from June to November.

CARIBSAN receives support from the European Territorial Cooperation Programme, a tool for financing regional development, with the support of the International Office for Water (France) for this group of Caribbean islands.

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