3rd LBS STAC & 7th SPAW STAC

Miami, Florida USA | October 31 - November 4, 2016

The major legal instrument of the Caribbean Environment Programme (CEP), the Convention for the Protection and Development of the Marine Environment of the Wider Caribbean Region (Cartagena Convention), was adopted at the Second Intergovernmental Meeting, convened at Cartagena de Indias in 1983. The Cartagena Convention provides the framework for the development of its current protocols on Oil Spills, Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife, and Land- based Sources of Marine Pollution.

The LBS and SPAW STAC Meetings convene every two years. At these meetings, participating Governments will review the outputs of the 2015-2016 workplans, identify priorities, and address technical issues towards the achievement of the Protocols’ objectives. They will also develop and endorse the workplans and budgets of the sub-programmes on Assessment and Management of Environmental Pollution (AMEP) and on Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife (SPAW) for the upcoming 2017- 2018 biennium. These workplans and budgets will be presented for final approval to the 3 rd and 9th Meetings of the Conference of Parties of the LBS (COP3) and SPAW (COP9) Protocols respectively, and to the 17 th Intergovernmental Meeting and 14th Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Cartagena Convention for endorsement (tentatively scheduled for March 2017).

3rd STAC Meeting of the LBS Protocol

This meeting proposes to review the achievements of the AMEP sub-programme during 2015- 2016 and to develop the workplan of AMEP for the 2017-2018 biennium. The Secretariat, on behalf of the CEP Governments and Contracting Parties to the Cartagena Convention, convenes the Third LBS STAC Meeting to:

  • Evaluate the projects and activities implemented by the Secretariat and the LBS Regional Activity Centres (RACs) within the Assessment and Management of Environmental Pollution (AMEP) sub-programme during the period 2015-2016;
  • Review the progress made in the implementation of the Recommendations of the Second LBS STAC Meeting (STAC2), Decisions of the First Conference of Parties ( C O P 1 ) to the LBS Protocol and relevant Decisions of the Sixteenth Intergovernmental Meeting and Thirteenth Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Cartagena Convention;
  • Review the status of ratification and/or implementation of the LBS Protocol in member countries;
  • Develop the AMEP Workplan and Budget for the 2017- 2018 Biennium for subsequent submission to, and approval by, the Third Conference of Parties (COP3) to the LBS Protocol in March 2017;
  • Provide recommendations concerning the LBS Protocol for consideration by the COP3 to the LBS Protocol to be held in March 2017.

7th STAC Meeting of the SPAW Protocol

This meeting proposes to review the achievements of the SPAW sub-programme during 2015- 2016 and to develop the workplan of SPAW for the 2017-2018 biennium. The Secretariat, on behalf of the CEP Governments and Contracting Parties to the Cartagena Convention, convenes the Seventh SPAW STAC Meeting to:

  • Evaluate the projects and activities implemented by the Secretariat and the SPAW Regional Activity Centre (RAC) within the Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife (SPAW) sub-programme during the period 2015-2016;
  • Review the progress made in the implementation of the Recommendations of the Sixth STAC Meeting (STAC6), Decisions of the Eighth Conference of Parties (COP8) to the SPAW Protocol and relevant Decisions of the Intergovernmental Meeting and Eighth Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Cartagena Convention;
  • Review the species proposed by Parties for listing under the SPAW Protocol and make recommendations to the SPAW COP8 in March 2017;
  • Review the proposals presented by Parties for listing protected areas under the SPAW Protocol and make recommendations on their listing to SPAW COP8 in March 2017;
  • Review the reporting format for Exemptions under Article 11(2) of the SPAW Protocol proposed by the Ad Hoc Working Group and make recommendations to SPAW COP8 in March 2017;
  • Discuss other emerging issues relevant to marine biodiversity conservation in the WCR (e.g. Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction) for further consideration by SPAW COP8 in March 2017;
  • Review the status of ratification and/or implementation of the SPAW Protocol in member countries and provide recommendations to SPAW COP8 in March 2017; and
  • Develop the SPAW Workplan and Budget for the 2017 - 2018 Biennium for subsequent submission to, and approval by SPAW COP8 in March 2017.