Protecting our Caribbean Sea & Securing our Future

UN Environment established the Caribbean Environment Programme (CEP) in 1981 as one of its Regional Seas Programmes. We recognize the importance and value of the Wider Caribbean Region’s fragile and vulnerable coastal and marine ecosystems including endemic plants and animals.

Countries of the Wider Caribbean Region (WCR) adopted an Action Plan in 1981 that led to the development and adoption of the Cartagena Convention on 24 March 1983. This Convention is the first and only regionally binding treaty of its kind. It promotes the protection and development of the marine environment of the Region.

The following video "About CEP - Dive a Little Deeper" showcases the importance of our work.


The Cartagena Convention provides the legal framework for our work. It is supported by three technical agreements or protocols on oil spillsspecially protected areas and wildlife and land-based sources of marine pollution. The Caribbean Environment Programme provides the framework for the Cartagena Convention and its Protocols.

The Caribbean Regional Co-ordinating Unit (CAR/RCU) located in Kingston, Jamaica was established in 1986 and is the Secretariat to the Cartagena Convention.

The Caribbean Environment Programme has three sub-programmes: 

Check out our infographic which highlights our achievements for 2010-2014. 

UNEP CEP Achievements 2010-2014

The following video showcases some of our projects and activities to commemorate 30 years of work in the Wider Caribbean Region. Please enjoy.