Overview of the Oil Spills Protocol


Oil Spills Protocol Documents

The Protocol Concerning Co-operation and Development in Combating Oil Spills in the Wider Caribbean Region (the Oil Spills Protocol) was drafted and adopted concurrently with the Cartagena Convention in 1983 and entered into force in1986.

The objective of the Protocol is to strengthen national and regional preparedness and response capacity of the nations and territories of the region. The Protocol also serves to foster and facilitate co-operation and mutual assistance among the nations and territories in cases of emergency in order to prevent and control major oil spill incidents.

The Assessment and Management of Environmental Pollution (AMEP) Sub-Programme of the Caribbean Environment Programme co-ordinates activities related to the Oil Spills Protocol in collaboration with the Regional Marine Pollution Emergency, Information and Training Centre (REMPEITC-Carib), an International Maritime Organization (IMO) agency located in Curaçao.

REMPEITC-Carib has been established by IMO and UNEP in order to:

  1. Strengthen national and regional preparedness and response capacity of the Island States and Territories of the Wider Caribbean Region and to foster and facilitate cooperation and mutual assistance in cases of emergency in order to prevent, control and combat major oil spill incidents.
  2. Strengthen the operational effectiveness of the implementation of the Cartagena Oil Spill Protocol and the Caribbean Islands OPRC (Oil Preparedness and Response Co-operation)-plan and Convention through the provision of technical services.