29 October 2012 - The Convention for the Protection and Development of the Marine Environment in the Wider Caribbean Region is a comprehensive, umbrella agreement for the protection and development of the marine environment.
The Cartagena Convention was adopted in Cartagena, Colombia on the 24th of March 1983 and entered into force on the 11th of October 1986, for the legal implementation of the Action Plan for the Caribbean Environment Programme.
This regional environmental convention provides the legal framework for cooperative regional and national actions in the WCR. The Convention is supplemented by the Oil Spills Protocol, the SPAW Protocol and the LBS Protocol.
Although the Contracting Parties designated UNEP-CAR/RCU as the Secretariat of the Cartagena Convention, Contracting Parties may use Regional Activity Centres (RACs) for the coordination and implementation of activities in support of the Cartagena Convention, its Protocols and Regional Activity Networks (RANs) for the provision of expertise.
UNEP/CMS participated in the 7th SPAW COP Meeting as well as the 5th SPAW STAC (Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee) Meeting on the SPAW Protocol.
The meetings were centralized on the challenges and ambitions of the Cartagena Convention (SPAW) related to biological diversity. More than 50 people attended the plenary and working groups led by the government of the Dominican Republic and with the presence of the Secretariat of UNEP-CEP from the UNEP Regional Office for the Caribbean.
During the general discussion, the Information officer of CMS stressed the importance of the Convention on Migratory Species in the process of synergies and harmonization of information management, the role of capacity building strategies and the tools of the Convention (e.g. MoUs, listing species on the Appendices).
For more information about the events, please see http://www.cep.unep.org/meetings-events