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Collage Competition Invites Caribbean Youth to Reflect on Land-Based Sources of Marine Pollution

UNEP’s Caribbean Environment Programme (UNEP-CEP) launches the Wider Caribbean LBS Protocol Collage competition

Today, as World Wetlands Day raised awareness on the importance of wetlands as natural barriers protecting the ocean from sedimentation and pollution coming from the land, UNEP’s Caribbean Environment Programme (UNEP-CEP) launched the Wider Caribbean LBS Protocol Collage competition. This competition invites school children throughout the region to illustrate how to protect the Caribbean Sea from land-based sources of pollution, in keeping with the theme: “A Future that is Pollution Free – Join Hands to protect our Caribbean Sea”.
Collage Competition Invites Caribbean Youth to Reflect on Land-Based Sources of Marine Pollution

...the medium of the collage will lend itself to some powerful statementson the dos and don’ts of preventing the pollution of the marine environment.

Feb 02, 2011

 

The Protocol concerning pollution from land-based sources and activities, known as the LBS Protocol, wasadopted in 1999 by the governments of the Wider Caribbean Region (WCR) in response to the need to protect the fragile Caribbean Sea from human activities. Considered by many to be the most significant agreement of itskind, it establishes regional effluent limitations for domestic water discharges and requires national plans to address non-point sources of pollution such as agricultural runoff. The region had to wait for 11 years,however, to see the entry of the LBS Protocol into force, when the Government of the Bahamas became the ninth country to ratify the Protocol in 2010, thus establishing the basis for the Protocol to become international law.

In celebration of this important milestone, UNEP-CEP is inviting children from the ages of 12 to 18 to participate through their school class, environmental club, faith-based group, local community or youth organization, inconstructing a collage to illustrate how we can protect the fragile coastal and marine environment from land-based sources of pollution.

 

The Competition will run from 2nd February until 30th June, when all national entries will be submitted to their country representative. Each of the 28 countries of the WCR will be asked to organize the national component of the campaign, and pick a winning entry, which will then be eligible to compete in the regional competition. National prizes will be determined by each country individually, with winners being announced in time for International Coastal Cleanup Day, in late September. UNEP-CEP will complete the regional judging in shortlythereafter, awarding cash prizes in the amount of US$1,000, US$750 and US$500 to first, second and third prize regional winners respectively.

 

The winning collage overall for the competition will be converted into a portable banner to be used by UNEP-CEP in future United Nations promotions and educational initiatives.

 

Asked to describe what kind of images UNEP-CEP would be interested in receiving, Tess Cieux, UNEP-CEP Communications Officer responded: “We hope that the students will work together to come up with creative ways of visualizing concrete actions, such as participating in beach clean-ups, planting trees, taking the time to sort recyclable items and to place them in their proper receptacles, and carrying reusable bags, instead of single use plastic bags. We have no doubt that the medium of the collage will lend itself to some powerful statements on the dos and don’ts of preventing the pollution of the marine environment.”

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