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The Almendares River is located in the province of Havana, Cuba, ending its journey into the waters of the Bahía de la Habana. It is considered an important symbol and the largest urban river in the capital city of Havana. The river is highly polluted and runs through some of Havana’s poorest communities. Issues such as deforestation, unrestrained domestic and industrial dumping and an overall lack of environmental management are contributing to the degradation of the river and the destruction of flora and fauna. Communities are faced with problems related to sanitation, solid waste management and accessible and safe recreational space.
A long time project that involved the Canadian Urban Institute CUI, a Non Government Organization, the City of Havana through its authority the Parque Metropolitano de La Havana and the regional planning authority known as the Group for the Integrated Development of the Capital, run from 1995 to 2002 with the objective to revitalize the Almendares watershed. The project was one of the largest restoration projects of the capital.
Coordinates: 23.10° N 82.40° W
Canadian Urban Institute CUI, 2003.Canada’Cuba Partnership program for the Revitalization of the Parque Metropolitano de la Habana.
Canadian Urban Institute CUI
Keywords: River, Watershed, Polluted, Industrial dumping, Deforestation, Bahía de la habana
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