About the CEP

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) established the Caribbean Environment Programme (CEP) in 1981 under the framework of its Regional Seas Programme. It was developed taking into consideration the importance and value of the Wider Caribbean Region’s fragile and vulnerable coastal and marine ecosystems, including an abundance of mainly endemic flora and fauna. A Caribbean Action Plan was adopted by the Countries of the Wider Caribbean Region (WCR) and 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 that seeks to protect and develop the marine environment of the WCR. The following videos "A Peep into the Deep" and "About CEP - Dive a Little Deeper" showcase the importance of UNEP CEP's work in the Wider Caribbean Region.




The Cartagena Convention provides the legal framework for the work of UNEP CEP and is supported by three technical protocols addressing specific environmental issues namely, oil spillsspecially protected areas and wildlife and land-based sources of marine pollution. The CEP provides the programmatic 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 serves as Secretariat to the CEP and the Cartagena Convention.

The CEP has three main sub-programmes: 

Check out a visual summary of UNEP CEP below. 

Info-graphic- UNEP CEP Summary- Revised Sept 2014.pdf