Ecological Exchange in Preserving Natural and Cultural Heritage
As TREE partners with the local people to learn about their traditions, opportunities emerge to preserve their natural cultural heritage. Through this effort, TREE can develop projects that educate and promote the public about the importance of preserving nature. Modernization and suburbanization are rapidly consuming their landscapes and way of life. TREE funds programs that promote preservation and interpretation of natural and cultural resources where it can make a difference and be good ambassadors.
After digitizing the museum collection, TREE produced a 50th Anniversary booklet showcasing the historic building, the collections and the staff.
TREE conducted a joint workshop with the people of the museum and formulated a 90 page Vision Plan of what this “diamond in the rough” could become to educate people worldwide about Cuba’s rich biodiversity.
TREE is assisting with the development of a South East Cuba collection of medicinal and endangered plants, along with signage and a brochure for the public.
TREE supplied the researchers with field equipment, computers, printers, and cameras in order to facilitate the discovery of new species and develop an updated species list. Today, the garden is thriving with tourists coming to see their incredible collection.
TREE assisted Cienfuegos with many projects, including mapping the garden, adding more educational tours, producing plant labels, supplying the scientists with cameras and computers for their studies, and sponsoring garden conferences.
TREE will capture the cultural heritage of the people and their connection to nature along with their uses of plants to benefit health.
While all gardens in Cuba house some types of Cuban palms, none contain all the “Cuban only” species. Working with Dr. Raul Verdecia and other Cuban scientists, TREE will support their efforts to develop this garden that will also house a seed bank and herbarium dedicated to over 60 endemic species.
TREE is assisting the museum staff to document and highlight the 4 acres of historical botanical gardens as well as capture the historical activities that took place on the Hemingway grounds.
TREE is assisting in developing this facility for public visitation in order to educate visitors about history of traditional uses of plants to benefit human health as well as what is happening today in research and development.