Announcement Date: December 10, 2016
The Center for Democracy in the Americas was proud to lead a delegation in partnership with the Ocean Elders, an independent group of global leaders who joined together to serve as a catalyst in the conservation and protection of the ocean and its wildlife, to Cuba from December 5 to 10. The delegation included five Ocean Elders: Dr. Sylvia Earle, Don Walsh, Graeme Kelleher, Jackson Browne, and Queen Noor of Jordan, as well as Michael Holland (Ocean Elders Council of Advisors) and Ocean Elders founder Gigi Brisson. The Ocean Elders delegation visited the National Center for Protected Areas (CNAP), the Cuban Academy of Sciences, the Marine Research Center at the University of Havana, the National Aquarium, Zapata Swamp, the Center for Fisheries Research, the Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba School, and met with US diplomat Jeffrey DeLaurentis, Cuban economists, artists, and several private entrepreneurs. This trip marked the beginning of a long-term relationship and partnership between Ocean Elders and Cuban scientists.