The Cartagena Convention

Cartagena Convention is the term used to refer to the Convention for the Protection and Development of the Marine Environment in the Wider Caribbean Region. It is a comprehensive agreement for the protection and development of the marine environment.

The Convention provides the legal framework for cooperative regional and national actions in the wider Caribbean region.  The Convention requires countries to adopt measures to prevent, reduce and control airborne pollution and pollution from:

  • ships;
  • dumping;
  • sea-bed activities; and
  • land-based sources and activities.

This is achieved through the following protocols:

  1. Oil Spills Protocol;
  2. Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife Protocol; and
  3. Land-based Sources of Marine Pollution.

The EPD implements and raises awareness about the provisions of the Convention.

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