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.

Caribbean MPA

This database is part of the Caribbean Marine Protected Area Management (CaMPAM) Network and Forum activities and aims at providing detailed and standardized information of the protected areas located in the coastal area of the 34 countries and territories that are part of the Wider Caribbean or Tropical Northwestern Atlantic Coastal Biogeographic Province.




Document Database



Marine Litter Database



CEP Photo gallery

The CEP photo gallery contains various photos from CEP activities or relevant marine and coastal issues. The photos can be used for educational and non-commercial publications.
Click here to go to the photo gallery.


GEF-IWCAM Databases

A collection of databases relevant to the GEF-IWCAM Project, including Contacts, Relevant Projects, Indicators etc.



is the global environmental information exchange network of the United Nations Environment Programme. Through its network of national focal points INFOTERRA provides the necessary environmental information and information dissemination mechanisms for effective governmental decision-making.

UNEP Chemicals

UNEP Chemicals is the center for all chemicals-related activities of the United Nations Environment Programme. It assists governments in taking the needed global actions for the sound management of chemicals, promotes the exchange of information on chemicals, and helps to build the capacities of countries around the world to use chemicals safely. This office maintains the International Register of Potentially Toxic Chemicals (IRPTC).

UNEP State of the Environment Reports (SOER)

Formerly referred to as Global Resource Info Database/Global Environmental Monitoring System (GRID/GEMS)

UNEP regularly produces State of the Environment Reports for individual countries and regions. These SOERs provide crucial information on the current status of the environmental health of many different countries. UNEP/GRID Arendal maintains an excellent collection of SOER reports for Central/Eastern Europe and the Newly Independent States.


SPAW Species Database

The Species database of the Protocol Concerning Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife (SPAW Protocol) was initially compiled in 1994 as part of a project of the World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC) funded by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in support of the SPAW Protocol and SPAW Regional Programme. Until 2002, Monitor International (now Lakenet) maintained the database and made it available on its website with support from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service through an agreement between UNEP and WCMC (note that WCMC is now a UNEP agency). Since January 2003, the Caribbean Environment Programme is now hosting and maintaining the database.

In addition to the search by class or species common and scientific names, it is now also possible to search for observations by country or by any of the three annexes of the SPAW Protocol. In coordination with the SPAW Programme of the CEP and following recommendations of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) of the SPAW Protocol, any modification to the annexes will be reflected in the database. The database currently reflects the existing annexes I, II and III of the SPAW Protocol.

The database contains taxonomic information about the species, as well as distribution data. Thirty (30) descriptors relates to taxonomy, common names, threat categories, relevant convention and other treaties listings and others.