10March2023 ARCHEO CUBA: what prospects for Cayo Blanco?


By Federico Mei, ARCS coordinator in Cuba

The seminar “Proposal for the Management of the Archaeological and Natural Heritage of Cayo Blanco” in the framework of the ARCHEO CUBA project: archaeology and environmental sustainability for territorial cooperation to combat climate change, was recently held at the City Hall of Regla (Havana).

The objective was to start the path for the future establishment of the archaeological park of Cayo Blanco, a territory where two of the study sites of the ARCHEO CUBA project are located in the territory of Havana: Polvorin of San Antonio and the aboriginal site Guasabacoa II.

At the event, the Regla Municipal Administration and the institutions involved in the process responded with the participation of the highest officials, including: a large group of specialists from the National Council of Cultural Heritage (MINCULT); the director and principal specialist of the Regla Civic Museum; the heads of the Directorate of Heritage and Local Development and CITMA (Ministry of the Environment) of the Regla Municipality; and the Working Group of the State of Havana Bay.

The presentation of the botany, archaeology and heritage management actions that will be implemented in the Cayo Blanco area, as well as the speeches by Federico Mei and Lisette Roura, representatives of ARCS and the Archaeology Cabinet (OHCH), respectively, enriched the day, providing the impetus for an intense constructive debate.

There were many contributions to the discussion and a particularly warm reception to the project. A special day that made it possible to reach important agreements regarding participation in the upcoming workshops in Cayo Blanco, held by experts from the Italian partners.

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