Caribbean Action Plan (CAR)
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1981-04-06 Montego Bay Jamaica
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 T-XT8350 - 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 E-XE4161 - UNEP within F-XF4234 - Regional Seas Programme. Originally coordinated by U-XE6102 - UNEP Water Branch but currently operated by E-XE4545 - 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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Meeting of Intergovernmental and Contracting Parties comprises ministers/plenipotentiaries of participating states and territories. Monitoring Committee (meets annually), consisting of 9 member countries. Regional Coordinating Unit (RCU) in Kingston (Jamaica). National Focal Points. Scientific and Academic Institutions. Subregional and Regional Institutions.
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