This report illustrates the wide range of activities that the Antonio Núñez Jiménez Foundation for Nature and Humanity developed in 2019.
- Nature Conservancy and Environment Actions
- The Foundation has worked in the proposal of three new protected areas: Refuge of Fauna Corona de San Carlos; Protected Area of Managed Resources Colorados del Este and Refuge of Fauna Polymita Sulfurosa. During this process, our specialists have strengthened the work to these areas and its biodiversity values.
- FANJ has developed an initiative for monitoring and mapping the coral reefs and its species. Different methodologies have been implemented in reef areas of the country: Atlantic and Gulf Rapid Reef Assessment (AGRRA), Allen Coral Reef and bleaching. The SMART methodology has been applied in land assessments.
- In 2019, the Foundation organized different expeditions to Ciénaga de Zapata, Alejandro de Humboldt National Park, Maisí, Moa and Los Colorados. Particulary in Ciénaga de Zapata, the specialists have worked with different local authorities and scientifics in the conservancy and management of Cuban crocodile.
- The CCamBio Initiative, based on the experiences acquired during the implementation of CCamBio Project with WWW-Netherlands, has continued in the northeastern coastal sector of Cuba, including the marine sector of Alejandro de Humboldt National Park. The initiative combines different processes like climate change, conservancy of biodiversity and coastal communities’ livelihoods. The communication process has been included in the initiative with many communicative products, education and research results.
- The Foundation has been invited to the two last GEF cycles for Cuba. The Foundation is the first Cuban NGO which has been called to present proposals. During the seventh (GEF 7) the project proposal “Strengthening synergies between biodiversity and community livelihoods on the northeastern coast of Cuba (Blue East)” was accepted. The Project Identification Form (PIF) has been already delivered.
The Foundation also attended the GEF 57th Council Meeting in Washington, US.
- Montebarreto – Biodiversity Day with “BiodiverCiudad” (May 22nd). The Environment Commission of the United Nations Cuban Association, which is headed by FANJ, the Cuban Environmentalist Youth, the Cuban Botanic Society and the Antonio Núñez Jiménez Foundation, launched a work day of biodiversity in the city. The project called “Who inhabits Monte Barreto? 24 hours of BiodiverCity”. The main purpose was to promote an interest on citizen science and to link the biodiversity values in the city to the youngest people and the community that inhabits this urban area.
At the same time, representatives of the Cuban Institute of Ecology and Systematics renewed a 10 years ago research. The representatives of the Havana University Faculty of Biology, the Science and Natural History Museum and the Cuban Speleological Society shared research skills on the field.
Monte Barreto Park is a 16-hectares urban forest, constantly threatened by immobile and developmental pressures.
This initiative was inspired by the well-known work developed by Jane Goodall Institute and the Biodivercity Movement.
- CUBAMBIENTE Convention (July 1st-5th). The Antonio Núñez Jiménez Foundation attended the discussion panel “Communication strategies about climate change and environment in the Caribbean island coastal zones”. In this panel, our specialists discussed about an innovative communication on climate change and coastal ecosystems. We incorporated the use of internet and social media for fighting against climate change.
- ProArbolado Initiative was launched by the Foundation to articulate the urban green management between different sectors. It has been considered an opportunity for incorporating and reinforcing the mitigation and adaptation to climate change in cities and for the management of urban forestry resources with conservancy criterion.
- The Foundation has been promoting good permaculture practices which incorporate methods and agroecology techniques, efficient use of water and green energies, and the responsible uses of natural resources. The main purpose is to build communities that maintain a harmonic balance with nature.
- Cultural, scientific and research activities
- One of the Foundation´s conservation specialist developed a research project titled “Assessment on the state of conservation of the Antonio Núñez Jiménez Foundation´s Natural Science Collection” and he obtained a Master Degree on Heritage Conservation (January).
- Scientific Illustration (April 26th). It was a workshop dedicated to the 250 anniversary of Alejandro de Humboldt´s birthday, the 220 anniversary of Felipe Poey´s and the 96 anniversary of Dr. Antonio Núñez Jiménez´s birthday. The activity closed with an Art Exhibition of the works of classical and contemporary naturalist illustrators. The workshop was part of the actions performed during XIII Havana Cultural Biennial.
This line of work complements and integrates the ProArbolado Initiative, which tries to reinforce the management, governance and politics of urban green areas in Cuba and especially in Havana to contribute to adaptation and mitigation to Climate Change in urban areas.
- Workshop, celebrated at the Foundation´s headquarters, for exchanging ideas about Obispo 204 Building. A delegation from the School of Graduates of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University attended the event (June).
- Living with Hurricanes. Trade boundaries and environmental changes (June 19th). It was an academic and documentary event organized by the Antonio Núñez Jiménez Foundation; Commodities of Empire, British Academy Research Project (London University), Roehampton University of UK. The participants discussed about different topics, particularly there was an approach to Cuban coastal marine zones resilience for facing the impact of hurricanes.
- Workshop about Alejandro de Humboldt´s legacy and his work in Cuba (June 20th). The workshop was dedicated to the 250 anniversary of Alejandro de Humboldt´s birthday and the 220 anniversary of his arrival to the Americas. It was the result of the joint effort of the Antonio Núñez Jiménez Foundation, the German Service of Academic Exchange; the German Embassy in Cuba and the Goethe Institute in Cuba.
- Activity at the Segundo Cabo Palace (June 27th). The activity focused on the projection of 3D film documentaries that the FANJ had produced, within a series titled «Do you find it difficult to get there? We will bring you!” The series had the intention of disclosing the values and the need for conservation of fragile and difficult access areas of Cuban geography. It was organized by the Antonio Núñez Jiménez Foundation, the Archeology Office of the Historian Office of Havana and the Cuban Speleological Society.
- «Rescate virtual de la Cueva #1 de Punta del Este». Presentation of a virtual map and a 3D model.
- «Cueva Chauvet, el hombre hace 35 mil años». Presentation about the world ancient rupestrian art cave.
- «Érase una vez el mar». Film projection about Cuban sea bed.
- Núñez´s Day (September 13th). Antonio Núñez Jiménez was a Cuban scientist, revolutionary and politician. In 1951 he graduated at Havana University and, in 1960 at Moscow Lomonosov University. When he was only 17 years old, he founded the Cuban Speleological Society. He participated in expeditions to the North Pole (1972) and to the Antarctic (1998). He made explorations in the Andes Mountain Range, from Peru to Venezuela.
To honor his life and scientific work, the Foundation organized an activity with some students of primary and secondary schools at Antonio Núñez Jiménez´s Memorial in Monte Barreto Ecological Park. The vice president of the Foundation, Ángel Graña, pronounced a commemorative speech. The Foundation´s specialists worked with the primary and secondary students for collecting solid waste and for watering the trees. The main purpose of the activity was to promote the conservancy of nature in urban areas.
- Two specialists of the Foundation attended the 38th Symposium about Scientific Instruments with a presentation titled “Scientific Instruments in the Antonio Núñez Jimñenez Museum´s Collection” (September).
- Spanish Naturalists Legacy (October 19th). The Foundation celebrated a workshop on the legacy of Spanish naturalists in Cuban scientific illustration. The results were applied on the restoration of the urban trees in Havana. One of the main purposes of the workshop was discussing about the importance of Spanish naturalists in the research process of Cuban flora and fauna, and the value of its contributions. The Foundation also promoted the rescue of this important legacy, particularly the work dedicated to animals and plants in the books of different naturalists like Ramón de la Sagra, Juan Lembeye and Miguel Rodríguez Ferrer.
The workshop results could be useful for the design of an illustrated guide of botanic species.
The activity was supported by the Embassy of Spain in Cuba, through the mechanism of Open Line 2019.
- International Seminar “Sustainability of Local Agricultural Systems” (December 11th-13th). The Seminar, celebrated at Havana´s Comodoro Hotel, was organized by the Antonio Núñez Jiménez Foundation with the support of Environmental Defense Fund. It was an opportunity for discussing different alternatives for sustainable agriculture in Cuba. A wide group of social actors attended the event such as academics, governmental institutions, NGOs, international agencies and UNDP. There was an approach to agriculture sector policy, national projects and relevant international experiences.
- Cooperation Projects
- The Foundation has been preparing a cooperation action with the objective of influencing public policies related to the value chain of plastic waste and associated culture. The main purpose is to develop a process of national dialogue on plastic pollution and its possible solutions. This initiative sensitizes national decision-makers in tourism, environment, recycling industries and community services on the dimension of the problem and the opportunities in our country. It is also aimed to build a base line of knowledge at the national level describing the value chain of plastic waste. The project promotes a social awareness about the importance of plastic classification, reduction of plastic use and recycling. The action has financial support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.
- The Foundation has been developing a cooperation action aimed to influence the coastal resilience in Cuba. The main purpose is the approaching process to 5 coastal communities in Cuba and the further implementation of a joint project, based on strategic communication plan, between FANJ and The Nature Conservancy. This initiative will be a relevant step in the process of developing the first Coastal Resilience Network in Cuba, which will be a portal for connecting the managers of areas, the scientifics, the communities, the local authorities and other actors with high impact in marine-coastal ecosystems conservancy. The approval process has already started in order to receive financial support from The Nature Conservancy.
- A project titled “Strengthening marine-coastal resilience in fragile ecosystems, protected areas and communities”. It will be implemented for a 3 years period and it focuses on two main Cuban Protected Marine Areas: Ciénaga de Zapata and Jardines de la Reina, and in Los Colorados At the moment, the Foundation is working in the coordination process with all the national institutions involved. This project is supported by the Wildlife Conservation Society-WCS.
- Publishing Work
- Publication of different books written by Dr. Antonio Núñez Jiménez.
- Wilfredo Lam
- Pedro en el laberinto de las doce leguas (English version)
- Cuba subterránea
- Geotransformación de Cuba (joint edition with Scientific and Technical Publishing)