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Cuba recovers beaches amid COVID-19 pandemic

The decrease in people in the beach resorts has made it possible to carry out work with large machinery and dumping of sand on beaches of important tourist destinations such as Varadero, declared the director of the Commercial Division of Coastal Engineering of the company Inversiones Gamma S.A., Ernesto Tristá.

Cuba is taking advantage of the decrease in international tourism and beach enthusiasts caused by the COVID-19 epidemic to recover beaches that have suffered erosion as a result of climate change and could lose their appeal as one of the most important products offered by the island to the hotel sector.

The decrease in people in the beach resorts has made it possible to carry out work with large machinery and dumping of sand on beaches of important tourist destinations such as Varadero, declared the director of the Commercial Division of Coastal Engineering of the company Inversiones Gamma S.A., Ernesto Tristá, cited by the Agencia Cubana de Noticias news agency.

As part of a program to recover this natural resource prioritized in the State plan to confront climate change—known as Tarea Vida—rehabilitation works are planned to continue until 2030, according to the source.

Around 86% of the 505 existing beaches in Cuba show evidence of erosion, which is manifested with the outcrop of rocks in the area where the waves break, effects on the coastal vegetation and in facilities built near the coastline.

Tristá explained that in 2020 Gamma specialists demolished concrete structures that limited the natural functioning of Oasis beach in Varadero, built coastal defenses and poured new sand, in an area where a high-standard hotel is being built.

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