Assessment & Management of Environmental Pollution (AMEP)

The AMEP Sub-programme (Assessment and Management of Environmental Pollution) concerns the assessment and management of environmental pollution and provides regional co-ordination for the implementation of the Protocol concerning Pollution from Land-based Sources and Activities (LBS Protocol) and the Protocol concerning Co-operation in Combating Oil Spills in the Wider Caribbean Region (Oil Spills Protocol).


To control, prevent and reduce pollution of the coastal and marine environment from land and marine-based sources and activities thereby enabling Countries of the Wider Caribbean to meet their obligations under the Land Based Sources of Marine Pollution and Oil Spills Protocols of the Cartagena Convention


Coordinate and oversee the day-to-day implementation of AMEP Projects and activities within the framework of the Caribbean Environment Programme (CEP);

Ensure that the formulation and implementation of projects and activities satisfy the obligations of the LBS and Oil Spills Protocols;

Promote ratification of, accession to, and effective implementation of the LBS and Oil Spills Protocols;

Enhance coordination, collaboration and communication with relevant regional and international organizations in the development and  implementation of AMEP projects and activities; and 

Enhance involvement of LBS and Oil Spills Regional Activity Centers (RAC) in the design and implementation of AMEP’s projects and activities.

Thematic Areas

Programme Coordination
GEF Projects
Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Wastewater Management
Watershed Management
Waste Management
National Programmes of Action
Oil Spills Response Planning
Climate Change and Disaster Management

Fact Sheets

Heavy Metals
Solid Waste & Marine Litter
Oils (Hydrocarbons)
Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and Pesticides
Radioactive Substances
Wastewater, Sewage and Sanitation
Sedimentation and Erosion
limate Change

Information Material

Work Plan and Budget 2013/2014
Media Brief (2008)
LBS Focal Point Directory

The AMEP Sub-Programme assists with the regionalisation of global agreements and initiatives such as Agenda 21, Barbados Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Programme of Action, Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Johannesburg Plan of Implementation (JPOI), and the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-Based Activities (GPA).  It also supports the implementation of multilateral environmental agreements such as the BASEL Convention on Hazardous Wastes, the London Dumping Convention and the MARPOL Convention.

Second Meeting of the Queen Conch Working Group, Panama City, Panama, November 18-20, 2014

This meeting aims to further contribute to the conservation, responsible management, sustainable and legal trade of Queen Conch in the Caribbean region.

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Caribbean Environment Programme: Technical Reports

These reports include guidelines, management plans, tool kits, best practices, and case studies from our programmes, projects and activities in the Wider Caribbean Region. Many are available in English, French and Spanish.

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Radio Programmes

These radio programmes and public service announcements were developed in collaboration with Panos Caribben with funding provided by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). To request copies of these recordings, please send an email to

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Our Threatened Caribbean. Getting to the Source... and Improving our Future.

Documentary on: The Protocol for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-Based Sources and Activities, better known as the LBS Protocol.

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Sea Turtles

The Wider Caribbean Region once supported populations of sea turtles that numbered in the millions. Seventeenth and eighteenth century mariner records document flotillas of turtles so dense and vast that net fishing was impossible, even the movement of ships was curtailed. Today some of the largest breeding populations the world has ever known are virtually gone; for example, the green turtles of the Cayman Islands. It is clear that sea turtles cannot survive the next century without unflinching regional cooperation and coordination of conservation and management programs. Everyone has a role to play!

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Marine and Coastal Issues

Marine and coastal environment issues are dynamic and diverse. This section of the site is a good starting point for research into many of the pressing concerns of the nations and territories of the Wider Caribbean Region. It provides up to date information on the issues and what the CEP is doing in relation to the respective issues, links to relevant on-line documents and web sites.

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Small Grants Fund

Our Small Grants Funds are announced through a call for proposals on our website. They form part of specific projects that we implement.

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The CEP manages a number of databases providing information on topics such as marine protected areas, species, and marine litter. In addition, there are many other useful databases for marine and coastal environmental information.

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