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UNEP-Caribbean Regional Coordinating Unit

The Caribbean Environment Programme (CEP) is facilitated by the Caribbean Regional Co-ordinating Unit (CAR/RCU) located in Kingston, Jamaica. Created in 1986, CAR/RCU serves as Secretariat to CEP.

The objectives of the Secretariat are to:

  • Provide assistance to all countries of the region
  • Strengthen national and subregional institutions
  • Co-ordinate international assistance
  • Stimulate technical co-operation among countries

CEP Diagram.pngThe CEP is a sub-programme of UNEP's Regional Seas Programme, hence CAR/RCU is under the administration of the UNEP Headquarters in Nairobi, however it is also directly responsible to the member Governments of the Wider Caribbean Region. Although the Contracting Parties designated UNEP as the Secretariat of the Cartagena Convention, Contracting Parties may also use Regional Activity Centres (RACs) for the coordination and implementation of activities and Regional Activity Networks (RANs) for the provision of expertise.

Staffed by nationals recruited from the states and territories participating in CEP, CAR/RCU does not conduct research itself,  but serves as a focus for the collection, review and dissemination of studies, publications and the results of work performed under the aegis of the CEP. A major part of this information is generated by CEP scientific and technical studies co-ordinated by CAR/RCU staff and implemented through national and technical focal points, bodies of experts, scientific and academic institutions, regional and sub-regional institutions, and individual consultants.

CAR/RCU also organizes meetings of experts, and manages arrangements for the meetings of the Monitoring Committee and Bureau of Contracting Parties and biennial Intergovernmental Meetings. This includes the preparation of the relevant documents to be presented at these meetings such as: Draft agreements, technical and administrative reports and biennial workplans and budgets based on the advice of panels of experts and country proposals.

UNEP-CAR/RCU can be contacted  at  :

14-20 Port Royal Street

Kingston, JAMAICA

Tel.: (876) 922-9267-9

Fax: (876) 922-9292



Opening hours are Monday - Thursday, 8:30am - 5:00pm Jamaica Time (Eastern Time) and 8:30am - 3:00pm on a Fridays.


Staff of the Secretariat to the CEP (UNEP-CAR/RCU) include:

Name Position email address 

Mr. Nelson Andrade Colmenares

Mrs. Coral Fernandez


Senior Secretary


Mr. Christopher Corbin

Mrs. Sanya Wedemier-Graham

Ms. Chrishane Williams

Ms. Donna Henry-Hernandez

Mrs. Donna Sue Spencer

Programme Officer - AMEP

Programme Assistant - AMEP

Team Assistant- AMEP/CETA

Administrative Assistant - GEF CReW

Communications Specialist- GEF CReW


Mrs. Alessandra Vanzella-Khouri

Ms. Nishka Waite

Programme Officer - SPAW

Programme Assistant- SPAW


Mr. Christopher Corbin

Ms. Chrishane Williams

(Interim Officer- CETA)

Team Assistant- AMEP/CETA



Ms. Annie Muchai

Ms. Lesma Levy

Mr. Victor Campbell

Mrs. Corinne Allen

Mr. Sean Chedda

Ms. Sancha Foreman

Mr. Tito Cover

Fund Management Officer (FMO)

Administrative Assistant- Personnel

Administrative Clerk

Administrative Finance Assistant

Computer Information Systems Assistant

Secretary - FMO


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