What Becomes of Cuba After the Embargo is Lifted?

Goliath Grouper and Photographer

A Critically Endangered Goliath Grouper greets a tourist photographer in Cuba’s Gardens of the Queen National Park. Environmental economics demonstrated that conservation and ecotourism would result in more revenue than commercial fishing. (Photo: David E. Guggenheim)

When a foreigner sets foot in Cuba, it immediately becomes clear that this magical island is profoundly unique and has developed drastically differently than any other country in Latin America and the Caribbean. And for those who venture into its verdant mountains or below its aquamarine waves, a striking revelation awaits:  Just as the fifties-era Chevys and horse-drawn buggies portray an island seemingly frozen in time, so, too, do its exceptionally healthy and vibrant ecosystems illustrate that Cuba may have picked the perfect time in history not to follow the path of its neighbors. Indeed the past half century has seen a tragic and unprecedented decline in Caribbean coastal and marine ecosystems.

Read the full post at EcoWatch.com

EcoWatch

 

Atlantic Edge Dive Center (Gaithersburg, Maryland)

Dr. David E. Guggenheim, the “Ocean Doctor,” speaks to the Atlantic Edge Dive Center about Ocean Doctor’s legal travel program for U.S. citizens and residents to Cuba’s spectacular Gardens of the Queen National Park, the largest fully-protected marine protected area in the Caribbean, featured on 60 Minutes with Anderson Cooper.

Covering Cuba in an Era of Change – Columbia University, Graduate School of Journalism, Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma

Opportunities for Collaboration and Engagement: Case Studies from Business, Health and the Environment

Panelists:

  • Phil Peters, President, Cuba Research Center
  • Gail Reed, International Director, Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba (MEDICC)
  • Dr. David E. Guggenheim, President, Ocean Doctor

In New York City, the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University will be hosting a three-day, invitation-only conference designed to deepen journalists’ reporting on a wide range of issues involving Cuba and Cuban-American relations at a critical moment of transition.

On October 16-18, 2014, the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University will be hosting a conference entitled, “Covering Cuba in an Era of Change,” on the Columbia campus in New York City.

This invitation-only conference is designed to deepen journalists’ reporting on a wide range of issues involving Cuba and Cuban-American relations at a critical moment of transition. “Covering Cuba in an Era of Change” will explore the country’s history and relationship to the United States, recent shifts in public opinion, generational changes in Cuban-America immigrant communities, economic factors, as well as current conflicts and policy debates. Sessions will focus on Cuba’s economy, public health innovation in Cuba and abroad, human rights and free expression, environmental issues and prospects for reform.

The conference will include expert briefings and panels by historians, scholars, economists, policymakers and community leaders, as well as journalist-to-journalist discussions on innovations and challenges involved in reporting on Cuba in this key period.

Details at the Dart Center web site

 

 

A Taste of Cuba | The Explorers Club

Please save the date for a unique opportunity to explore Cuba by land and sea! The evening will feature samplings of authentic Cuban cuisine, refreshing mojitos featuring Papa’s Pilar™ rum, and live Cuban music.

The program for the night will include: a presentation by Dr. David E. Guggenheim FN on the Club’s first Flag Expedition to Cuba’s magnificent Gardens of the Queen marine reserve; a chance to meet Michael Connors and hear about his upcoming book, Havana Modern, which highlights architecturally significant private homes and buildings in Cuba; and a photography display by Néstor Martí. A Taste of Cuba will be a cultural expedition not to be missed!

Tickets are $45.00. Further information, including a detailed schedule of events, will be available shortly. Secure your spot today by emailing [email protected] or calling The Explorers Club at 212.628.8383.

The Explorers Club's First Flagged Expedition to Cuba in June 2014

The Explorers Club’s First Flagged Expedition to Cuba in June 2014

Richmond Dive Club (Richmond, Virginia)

Dr. David E. Guggenheim, the “Ocean Doctor,” speaks to the Richmond Dive Club about Ocean Doctor’s legal travel program for U.S. citizens and residents to Cuba’s spectacular Gardens of the Queen National Park, the largest fully-protected marine protected area in the Caribbean, featured on 60 Minutes with Anderson Cooper.

New England Dive Center (Wallingford, Connecticut) – Legal Travel to Cuba for U.S. Citizens

Dr. David E. Guggenheim, the “Ocean Doctor,” speaks at the New England Dive Center about Ocean Doctor’s legal travel program for U.S. citizens and residents to Cuba’s spectacular Gardens of the Queen National Park, the largest fully-protected marine protected area in the Caribbean, featured on 60 Minutes with Anderson Cooper.

Scuba-in-Cuba_shark_w250The cover story of Scuba Diving Magazine feature’s Ocean Doctor’s unique educational travel programs to Cuba and the spectacular Gardens of the Queen. We’re also proud to say that Scuba Diving Magazine readers voted Gardens of the Queen “Best Marine Park,” and with good reason. It’s the Caribbean’s largest fully-protected marine park and its health and wildlife are unmatched in the region.

This unique educational journey examines the relationship of Cuban citizens with their natural environment, including burgeoning socioeconomic and cultural issues brought about by Cuba’s growing ecotourism industry. The exchange also represents an opportunity to explore with our Cuban colleagues important environmental issues that impact the marine waters that both nations share. Visitors will meet with Cuban scientists, resource managers, ecotourism professionals and community members.

Six days of this 11-day/10-night trip will be spent aboard a floating hotel or live-aboard dive vessel in the heart of Cuba’s Gardens of the Queen National Park, where much of the story lies underwater. U.S. visitors will accompany Cuban specialists and be able to scuba dive in one of the healthiest marine ecosystems remaining in the Caribbean. Visitors will spend four nights at a 5-star hotel in Havana, visiting a variety of Cuba institutions and meeting with a range of Cuban professionals and community members. 

About the Gardens of the Queen 

Gardens of the Queen was named by Christopher Columbus to honor the Queen of Spain and the area remains as spectacularly beautiful and wild as when Columbus experienced it centuries ago. Today, it is among the healthiest marine ecosystems in the region.

The Gardens harbor abundant and healthy fish and shark population, stunning mangrove islands and shallow bays that teem with juvenile species, rare crocodiles, flamingos and other birds, iguanas and the jutia, a native rodent.

For more information, visit www.oceandoctor.org/gardens.

 

 

Explorers Club: Advancing Collaboration between the U.S. and Cuba in Marine Science and Conservation

The Explorers Club and Ocean Doctor present:

Advancing Collaboration between the United States and Cuba in Marine Science and Conservation

 Friday, May 9, 2014
6:00pm-7:30pm

The Explorers Club Headquarters
46 E. 70th Street , New York, NY 10021
(Between Park and Madison Avenues, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan)

RSVP: To secure a reservation, email [email protected] or call 212.628.8383

On the morning of May 8th, Members of the U.S. Congress will meet with representatives of the Cuban Interests Section along with Cuban and American marine scientists in an unprecedented briefing with the goal of developing specific steps designed to elevate the level of collaboration in marine science and conservation between Cuba and the U.S.

Scientific research focused on the marine waters the two countries share has been one of the few areas of strong, consistent collaboration between the United States and Cuba despite the fact that the two countries have not had formal diplomatic relations over the past 50 years.

Please join us for a unique panel discussion to learn about the results of this landmark meeting and what it may mean for the future of marine science and international relations.

Speakers/Panelists

 Dr. David E. Guggenheim
President, Ocean Doctor (Washington, DC)
Explorers Club National Fellow ‘08

 Dr. Julio A. Baisre
Vicedirector, National Aquarium of Cuba/Acuario Nacional de Cuba (Havana, Cuba)

 Dr. Fabián Pina Amargos
Director, Center for Coastal Ecosystem Research/
Centro de Investigaciones Ecosistemas Costeras (Cayo Coco, Cuba)

Member Ticket Price: Free

Guest Ticket Price: $20

RSVPTo secure a reservation, email [email protected] or call 212.628.8383 

 

Cuba Conservancy - an Ocean Doctor Program

Learn more about Ocean Doctor’s
Cuba Conservancy Program

 

Advancing Collaboration between the United States and Cuba in Marine Science and Conservation

The Center for International Policy and Ocean Doctor present:

Advancing Collaboration between the United States and Cuba in Marine Science and Conservation

 May 8, 2014 1:00pm-3:00pm

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Butler Room
1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036-2103

 Refreshments will be served

(Please RSVP to [email protected])

On the morning of May 8th, Members of the U.S. Congress will meet with representatives of the Cuban Interests Section along with Cuban and American marine scientists in an unprecedented briefing with the goal of developing specific steps designed to elevate the level of collaboration in marine science and conservation between Cuba and the U.S.

Scientific research focused on the marine waters the two countries share has been one of the few areas of strong, consistent collaboration between the United States and Cuba despite the fact that the two countries have not had formal diplomatic relations over the past 50 years.

Please join us for a unique panel discussion to learn about the results of this landmark meeting and what it may mean for the future of marine science and international relations.

Invited Speakers/Panelists

Ambassador Jose R. Cabañas Rodríguez Ph.D.
Head of Mission, Cuban Interests Section (Washington, DC)

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) (invited)
Chair, Senate Oceans Caucus

Dr. Wayne S. Smith
Senior Fellow, Center for International Policy (Washington, DC)

 Dr. David E. Guggenheim
President, Ocean Doctor (Washington, DC)

 Robert L. Muse
Muse and Associates (Washington, DC)

 Dr. Julio A. Baisre
Vicedirector, National Aquarium of Cuba/Acuario Nacional de Cuba (Havana, Cuba)

 Dr. Robert E. Hueter
Director, Center for Shark Research, Mote Marine Laboratory (Sarasota, Florida)

 Dr. Fabián Pina Amargos
Director, Center for Coastal Ecosystem Research/
Centro de Investigaciones Ecosistemas Costeras (Cayo Coco, Cuba)

 David A. Balton
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Fisheries
Bureau of Oceans & International Environmental & Scientific Affairs,
U.S. Department of State (Washington, DC)

 Please RSVP to [email protected]

 

Cuba Conservancy - an Ocean Doctor Program

Learn more about Ocean Doctor’s
Cuba Conservancy Program

 

SCUBA & H2O Adventure Show 2014 – Seattle, Washington

Horse-Eyed Jacks at Jardines de la ReinaOcean Doctor president, Dr. David E. Guggenheim,presents, A Living Time Machine: Cuba’s Spectacular Ocean Ecosystems and the Hope they Offer the World.”  

Named by Christopher Columbus to honor Queen Isabella of Spain, the Gardens of the Queen (Jardines de la Reina) are one of the healthiest coral reef ecosystems remaining in the Caribbean. In a world where coral reefs are dying, the corals in the Gardens of the Queen are flourishing, and like a living time machine, the Gardens likely resemble the healthy coral reefs Columbus saw, avoiding the rapid decline so common throughout the Caribbean and the rest of the world.

What makes this ecosystem so healthy? What are the implications for coral reefs elsewhere? What is the role of diving in this special ecosystem? And how is this ecosystem bringing Americans and Cubans closer together? What is so compelling about this Cuban ecosystem that 60 Minutes sent Anderson Cooper and a camera crew to work with Dr. Guggenheim and Cuban scientists?

Now at last, American divers can legally visit Cuba’s Gardens of the Queen as part of a special, licensed educational people-to-people program led by Ocean Doctor and hosted by Avalon Cuban Diving Centers in the heart of Gardens of the Queen. You can find details at OceanDoctor.org/Gardens.

Dr. Guggenheim’s talk will be at the Poseidon Pavilion

Philadelphia Sea Horses Scuba Diving Club

Dr. David E. Guggenheim, the “Ocean Doctor,” speaks to the Philadelphia Sea Horses Scuba Diving Club about Ocean Doctor’s legal travel program for U.S. citizens and residents to Cuba’s spectacular Gardens of the Queen National Park, the largest fully-protected marine protected area in the Caribbean, featured on 60 Minutes with Anderson Cooper.