Research Initiative for the Sustainable Development of Cuba Founded in 2016, the Research Initiative for the Sustainable Development of Cuba (RISDoC) is a collective of academics and non-governmental organizations from Cuba and abroad interested in engaging in knowledge exchanges on Cuba’s agricultural sustainability and climate resilience. The following organizations worked to develop RISDoC: Cátedra del Caribe de la Universidad de La Habana, Fundación de Antonio Núñez Jiménez de la Naturaleza y el Hombre, United Nations Development Program, Centro de Estudios de la Economía Cubana, Environmental Defense Fund, and the Caribbean Agroecology Institute. These organizations created RISDoC as a collaborative platform to integrate and exchange knowledge and resources from different sectors. The main objectives are to:
Build learning opportunities for the academic community, and for representatives of ministerial agencies, local governments, businesses, associations and self-employed partners in Cuba, focused on the development of sustainable initiatives.
Promote collaborative spaces for learning exchanges on sustainable development in Cuba amongst international actors.
Gather, analyze, and disseminate information on topics related to sustainability in Cuba
We work in the following four areas, in which research on reinforcing sustainable practices and models in Cuba are carried out: (1) tourism, (2) agriculture, (3) renewable energy, and (4) climate financing. We have organized a series of events that have fostered exchanges and learning outcomes in the aforementioned areas.
RISDoC’s most recent event took place in April 2022 and brought together experts from Cuba and the region to discuss successes, opportunities and challenges in coastal resilience and sustainable livelihoods. The following white paper was produced for the event.
Special Issue: Cuba’s Agrifood Systems in Transition CAI’s Executive Director, Margarita Fernandez, co-edited with Cuban agroecologist, Fernando Funes Aguilar, a special issue for the open access, nonprofit environmental science and policy journal that was spawned by BioOne, Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene. This special issue aims to foster exchange and dialogue on Cuba’s agrifood system, from past and current sustainability successes and challenges to recommendations for continuing evolution towards sustainability under normalized relations with the U.S. You can access the special issue here.