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Cuban-US Environmental Cooperation: Obama and Trump

April 12, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Cuba and Beyond Series

REINALDO FUNES MONZOTE

CENTRO ANTONIO NÚÑEZ JIMÉNEZ, HAVANA

VISITING PROFESSOR, YALE UNIVERSITY

Since the 19th century, Cuban and US scientists have developed close institutional and research connections to address shared environmental challenges. These exchanges were key in eliminating the threat posed by yellow fever, witness Cuba’s Dr. Carlos Finlay’s confirmation that the mosquito was a vector of transmission. During the first half of the 20th century, several US scientists went to the island to collaborate in the realms of agriculture; the study of natural resources, flora, and fauna; and health and environmental risks. Even during the worst years of the Cold War, scientists from both countries collaborated in the areas of public health, agriculture, terrestrial and maritime ecology, and environmental preservation. These exchanges increased since the 1990s and remain very promising, despite current political difficulties. The development of these transnational exchanges between scientists and socio-environmental movements is evermore influenced by the common concern of sustainability, a field in which both countries could learn from each other and consequently create the conditions for a more equitable and productive relation in the future. This presentation will focus on the recent exchanges and collaborations between both countries in the environmental area and discuss some of the possible future trends.

Dr. Reinaldo Funes-Monzote: Coordinator of the Geo-Historical Research Program at the Antonio Núñez Jiménez Foundation (Cuba) and professor of History at University of Havana. Author of From Rainforest to Cane Field. A Cuban Environmental History since 1492 (2008), Despertar del Asociacionismo científico en Cuba (2004), and editor of Naturaleza en declive. Miradas a la historia ambiental de América Latina y el Caribe (2008). His research is dedicated mainly to Cuban and Caribbean environmental history, with several academic articles and chapters. He is currently working on such topics as the comparative history of sugar cane and livestock in Cuba, a synthesis of the environmental history of Great Caribbean region and the relation between the Cuban revolution of 1959 and environmental issues up to the 1990s crisis. Currently visiting professor at Yale University.

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Date:
April 12, 2018
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6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Cuba Program

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802 International Affairs Building
420W 118th Street
New York, NY 10027 United States
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212-854-4643
Website:
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