Borda in Cuba

Project description

Cuba is a country with a high rate of literacy and access to health and education. However, these high standards coexist with problems and deficits in different areas of daily life; among others, the lack of maintenance of old sewage systems still in use, cutbacks in water supply and insufficient wastewater management.

Although approximately 90% of the population in Cuba is connected to the water and sewerage network system, the actual availability of both varies greatly. This is due to daily water supply failures and water losses due to the poor condition of the pipes.

There are almost no wastewater treatment plants in the country, with a few exceptions, most are out of service. Consequently, only 4% of the wastewater collected is treated; the rest is discharged into the environment without treatment.

Integrated and sustainable management of the collective farm of the Tamara Bunke Credit and Service Cooperative (CCS), located in the Tributary Basin of Havana Bay.

Reorganization of the productive means in an urban agricultural farm, allow the use of all organic generated waste, also eliminate erosion and contamination of water bodies as well.

Together with Cuban partners, the Havana Bay State Working Group (GTE) and the Office of the Historian of Havana, and the support of the Delegation of the European Union and the City Council of Barcelona, this international event aimed to develop a space for exchange, articulation and coordination between Cuban and foreign experts, in order to learn and discuss about  experiences, good practices and lessons learned from similar processes of environmental improvement and conversion of former industrial and port areas for public use, which occurred in coastal and port cities in Europe and in the world. Arising from the consensus and participation of Cuban and foreign experts, it is expected to contribute to the identification of future international cooperation and actions between accompanies for the planning process and integrated and sustainable management of Havana Bay and their surroundings.


Strengthening the Biogas Users Movement (MUB) of Cuba

Advice on the development of an institutional growth strategy for the movement and support for technical workshops and the introduction of closed-cycle concepts, linking waste treatment with the generation of resources and the protection of aquifers.

Based on the application of a decentralized, intersectoral and sustainable environmental management and sanitation approach, smaller and more localized sanitation solutions are proposed that allow a progressive implementation, with lower energy consumption and the potential for local reuse of the products of liquid and solid waste treatment, energy recovery and the use of rain water.

Project technical data sheet

  • Sanitation
  • Open to collaborations and institutional support such as donations.