Move afoot to foster partnerships to reduce marine pollution in the Wider Caribbean

Kingston, Jamaica. August 27, 2012 - The Caribbean is, in the coming months, to see a move to strengthen public and private sector partnerships to bring about a reduction in land-based sources of pollution across the region.

This, in line with a slew of recommendations from the first meeting of the Scientific, Technical and Advisory Committee (STAC) to the Protocol Concerning Pollution from Land-based Sources and Activities (LBS Protocol) earlier this year.
“ …it will require continued and greater commitment by Governments of the Wider Caribbean Countries to ratify the LBS Protocol and take measures to control, reduce and prevent marine pollution, especially in the area of enforcement and monitoring,” said Christopher Corbin, from the United Nations Caribbean Environment Programme, the entity responsible for driving the process.
The protocol, adopted in October of 1999 and entered into force in August of 2012, is intended to help United Nations (UN) member states in the wider Caribbean to meet their obligations under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea as well as the Global Plan of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities.

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