Assessment & Management of Environmental Pollution (AMEP) Programme
Our Pollution (AMEP) programme supports countries in the Wider Caribbean to implement the following agreements: Protocols concerning: (1) Pollution from Land-based Sources and Activities (LBS Protocol); and (2) Co-operation in Combating Oil Spills (Oil Spills Protocol).
These fall under the Cartagena Convention for the Protection and Development of the Caribbean Sea for which we are the Secretariat
Top Stories from our Pollution Desk
G7 Workshop on Marine Litter was held from 20th to 21st April in Rome, Italy. Participants discussed the mainstreaming of the work of the Regional Sea Programmes so as to improve the implementation of the G7 Action Plan and assist in achieving global commitments on marine litter.
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Plastics, Wastewater and Nutrients: Governments decide at French Guiana Meeting to address these priority pollutants. Check back here for the full list of Decisions.
Our Ecosystem-Based Adaptation Project for the Southern Caribbean and North Brazil Shelf funded by the UNDP/GEF CLME+ project expected to start by June 2017.
Trash Free International: Jamaica hosts first national workshop to develop community projects.
World Health Day and World Water Day were celebrated in March: Our GEF CReW project showcased links between wastewater and health.
Last call for our pollution focal points to provide data and information for developing our State of Convention Area Report on pollution.
Learn about pollution: Download our latest Fact Sheets.
Recent Technical Reports include experiences and best practices in pollution prevention and control.
What is the LBS Protocol?
A regional agreement for the prevention, control and reduction of marine pollution of the Caribbean Sea from land-based sources and activities.
What is the Oil Spills Protocol?
A regional agreement to promote cooperation in preventing and reducing oil spills in the Caribbean Sea.
What are AMEP’s areas of focus?
- Improving pollution monitoring and assessment
- Reducing pollution from solid wastes, marine litter and plastics
- Reducing pollution from untreated domestic and industrial wastewater
- Reducing pollution from agrochemical run-off including pesticides and fertilizers
- Sharing data and information on best management practices and most appropriate technologies
How can AMEP support my marine pollution work in the Caribbean?
- Improve monitoring of the sources and impacts of pollution on human health and the environment.
- Strengthen policies, laws and regulations on marine pollution.
- Provide information on best management practices and technologies for pollution prevention and reduction.
What are the recent achievements of our AMEP Programme?
- Ratification of the LBS Protocol by the Governments of Jamaica in 2015 and Costa Rica in 2016.
- Development of three regional partnerships on wastewater, marine litter and nutrients.
- Design and launch of a Global Environment Facility funded project for Caribbean Small Island Developing States on integrating water, land and ecosystems management (GEF IWEco).
- Ongoing development of the first State of Convention Area Report for the Caribbean Sea on pollution.
Status of Ratification/Signing of the LBS and Oil Spills Protocols:
Please see complete list of countries who have ratified here.
Last updated: 31st March, 2017 with the ratification of the Government of Costa Rica.
What are the benefits to my Government by becoming a party to (ratifying)* the LBS and Oil Spills Protocols?
- Increased recognition and awareness of efforts to prevent, control and reduce marine pollution
- New employment and income generating opportunities
- Access to financial and technical support for training and pollution projects and activities
*Ratification is the process when Governments formally sign on to a regional or international agreement and commit to various national obligations.
How can my country ratify the LBS and Oil Spills Protocols?
The national focal point in each country should:
- Consult with other government and non-governmental organizations about the importance of ratification;
- Prepare justification letter or memorandum for ratification;
- Obtain cabinet /parliament approval for ratification;
- Submit instruments of ratification to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Colombia.
Our Pollution Projects
- Caribbean Regional Fund for Wastewater Management: GEF CReW
- Integrating Water, Land and Ecosystem Management in Caribbean SIDS: GEF IWEco
- Developing the State of Convention Area Report on Pollution (SOCAR)
- Trash Free Waters International - Jamaica and Panama
- Reduction of nutrient and wastewater pollution in Costa Rica and Jamaica
- Ecosystem-Based Adaptation Projects in the Caribbean and North Brazil Shelf (UNDP/GEF CLME+)
Our Work Plan for 2017-2018
The work plan for the pollution (AMEP) programme is implemented under the following themes:
For more details about these and our other projects and activities, please download our latest AMEP Meeting Reports and biannual Work Plans and Budgets.
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If you have a specific request or question about the Pollution/AMEP Programme and/or the Land Based and Oil Spill Pollution Protocols, please contact Mr Christopher Corbin, at email@example.com