Caribbean Action Plan (CAR)

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6-8 Apr 1981, Montego Bay (Jamaica), by an intergovernmental meeting, when Action Plan for the Caribbean Environment Programme was adopted. Also referred to as: Regional Seas Action Plan for the Wider Caribbean (CEPPOL); UNEP Caribbean Environment Programme. Legal framework is Convention for the Protection and Development of the Marine Environment of the Wider Caribbean Region (Cartagena Convention), signed in 1983, entered into force in 1986. An Action Plan of United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) within Regional Seas Programme. Originally coordinated by UNEP Water Branch but currently operated by Caribbean Environment Programme (CEP) through a Regional Coordinating Unit, CAR/RCU, opened, 11 May 1987, Kingston (Jamaica), as an organizational unit of UNEP.


Assist governments of the region to prevent and control environmental degradation by: promoting environmental management policies for each nation, based on the sustainable development of the region's resources; promoting cooperation among Caribbean governments in environment-related issues; providing technical assistance to countries of the region, especially smaller island countries; fostering technical cooperation and common efforts to resolve transnational and international problems; fostering improvement of environmental impact assessment capability; strengthening national and subregional institutions, including capabilities for improving environmental health services; assisting implementation of watershed management guidelines; preventing or minimizing effects of natural or man-made disasters, including a regional oil spill contingency plan; increasing public interest in, and awareness of, the environment-development relationship.

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Integrated and implemented through sub-programmes of the Caribbean Environment Programme, addressing priority areas of the Cartagena Convention and its protocols - Protocol Concerning Cooperation in Combating Oil Spills in the Wider Caribbean Region, Protocol Concerning Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife to the Convention for the Protection and Development of the Marine Environment of the Wider Caribbean Region, Protocol Concerning Pollution from Land-based Sources and Activities - and other related global and regional initiatives. Programmes also include development of: Global Action Plan for Environment and Development in the 21st Century (Agenda 21); conservation of coastal ecosystems and its relation to private and public tourism sectors. Executes studies and surveys on environmental resources and problems. Supports pilot projects that demonstrate sound environmental management practices.


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