Castro the Conservationist? By Default or Design, Cuba Largely Pristine
"I think the Cuban government can take a substantial amount of credit for landscape, flora, and fauna preservation,"
- Jennifer Gebelein, a professor at Florida International University in Miami
Havana, Cuba - Will Cuban President Fidel Castro be remembered primarily as a man of the people, an authoritarian tyrant-or a conservationist?
Castro handed power to his brother last week to undergo emergency intestinal surgery. His health remains uncertain, fueling rampant speculation about his legacy.
Some experts say his environmental policies may be among his greatest achievements.
Though Cuba is economically destitute, it has the richest biodiversity in the Caribbean.