Beach rehabilitation efforts are underway in Jardines del Rey. Photo: Granma

Jardines del Rey, Ciego de Ávila.— Beach rehabilitation works began on September 5, with the first load of sand deposited in the eastern section of El Paso beach in Cayo Guillermo.
Speaking exclusively to Granma, Rafael Pérez Carmenate, Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (Citma) representative in Cie­go de Ávila, noted that the beach is set to receive some 600,000 square meters of sand. Later, these works will continue along Flamenco beach, a little over six kilometers long with a certain degree of deterioration, given harmful human activity, but above all due to climate change, he noted.
Round the clock dredging is currently taking place to extract sand from supply zones La Jaula and Felipe, located on an underwater platform in the northern Coco and Guillermo Keys.
Pérez Carmenate highlighted the important work undertaken by the Ganma environmental services entity, affiliated with Citma, in the project preparation and investment process, which will have a significant impact on the area given results from studies conducted, which show that the coastline in receding by up to two meters a year in many places.
The beach rehabilitation program will continue through 2017, by which time Los Flamencos in Cayo Guillermo, and Las Coloradas and Playa Larga, in Cayo Coco, should be completely rehabilitated.
Prior to these works all tourist entities in Jardines del Rey (Mintur, Almest, Gaviota, among others) undertook important efforts to remove all infrastructure located on the shoreline, such as water sports kiosks, footbridges, sun loungers, nd loose rocks which could interfere with the sand depositing process.
Meanwhile, in 2012, experts at the Cayo Coco Coastal Ecosystems Research Center (CIEC), began the first stage of environmental rehabilitation and maintenance efforts in Jardines del Rey, during which 1,500 meters of beach bordering hotels Meliá Cayo Coco, Sol Club Cayo Coco, Tryp Club Cayo Coco and the El Bagá nature park, were recovered.
Key actions carried out by these specialists include reforestation, restricting vehicle access along the coast, beach sanitation efforts, and erecting wooden footbridges over sand dunes.
Cuba is currently tackling the effects of climate change and harmful human activity, which has caused deterioration along part of the 5,746 meter coastline, home to 430 kilometers of beaches.