Clearing Houses and Databases

Welcome to a compilation of links to UNEP CEP databases, web based tools, interactive maps and visualization platforms.  The CEP manages several databases providing information on topics such as marine protected areas, species, and marine litter. In addition, there are many other useful databases for marine and coastal environmental information.

CaMPAM Database

The Caribbean Marine Protected Area Management (CaMPAM) Network was developed in 1997 within the framework of the Specially Protected Area and Wildlife (SPAW) Protocol of the Cartagena Convention. This initiative brings together Marine Protected Area (MPA) researchers, administrators, managers, and educators from governmental entities and non-governmental organizations as well as the private sector in an inclusive network of practitioners to exchange ideas and lessons learned.   

The CaMPAM database is part of the CaMPAM Network and Forum activities and aims at providing detailed and standardized information of the protected areas located in the coastal area of the 38 countries and territories that are part of the Wider Caribbean or Tropical Northwestern Atlantic and Guianan Marine Biogeographic Provinces.

The purpose of this database is to provide a resource detailing the numerous marine protected areas in the region, and to make that resource accessible to those interested in examining a number of variables. The database is comprised of 77 fields focusing on identity, legal, biophysical and management parameters. It is becoming a standardized repository of detailed information for Caribbean MPAs and a resource for producing regional analyses and periodic reports. Future plans include developing interactive maps.

CaMPAM is currently populating the database with  information about the region's MPAs. As one of the activities being coordinated by CaMPAM for UNEP-CEP and the Caribbean Challenge, Data for this effort is provided by MPA managers, government officials, NGOs and scientists associated with the MPAs. 

Marine Mammals Regional Bibliographic Database

Access more than 500 documents dealing with marine mammals in the Wider Caribbean Region. The Regional Bibliographic Database has been developed within the framework of the UNEP CEP Marine Mammals Action Plan. Please click here for more information:,278

Marine Mammal Interactive Mapping Tool

The mapping tool developed by the SPAW-RAC allows the display of different kinds of information about marine mammals in the Wider Caribbean Region (distribution, species richness, threats, protection). The datalayers that can be used by the tool have been built in the framework of the recently completed LifeWeb project. To access the mapping tool, please click on this link:  Access the application

GIS Database of Maritime Traffic in the WCR

RAC/REMPEITC-Caribe developed a comprehensive GIS-based database of the Maritime Traffic in the Wider Caribbean, primarily to address Risk Assessment associated with the shipping activities in the region, and for other purposes related to the protection and development of the marine environment in the Wider Caribbean Region.  This tool provides a visualization of the aggregated routes and the traffic density, as well as ports activities and other data useful for oil spill risk assessment. It allows applying filters (type of vessels, ports of departure etc.) and several display options are proposed. The user has the possibility to export the data and to generate reports.  It is available online at:

Lab Capacity Database

CEP's Environmental Laboratory Capacity Database is a searchable online tool to obtain contact information for environmental laboratories in the Wider Caribbean Region as well as information on the analytical services offered.  It is available online at:

Document Database 

Marine Litter Database 

CEP Photo gallery 

The CEP photo gallery contains various photos from CEP activities or relevant marine and coastal issues. The photos can be used for educational and non-commercial publications.
Click here to go to the photo gallery

GEF-IWCAM Databases 

A collection of databases relevant to the GEF-IWCAM Project, including Contacts, Relevant Projects, Indicators etc.

CEP Interactive Map

CEP's Interactive Map showcases information about ongoing and recently concluded projects and activities. 


Links to Summary Documents


Document Reference


AMEP Atlas

CEP Technical Report # 53


GEF IWCAM Indicators Template for SIDS

CEP Technical Reports #57 & #58

Domestic and Industrial Pollutant Loads and Watershed Inflows in the Wider Caribbean Region

CEP Technical Report #52

Listing of Protected Areas under the SPAW Protocol


External Databases


is the global environmental information exchange network of the United Nations Environment Programme. Through its network of national focal points INFOTERRA provides the necessary environmental information and information dissemination mechanisms for effective governmental decision-making. 

UNEP Chemicals

UNEP Chemicals is the center for all chemicals-related activities of the United Nations Environment Programme. It assists governments in taking the needed global actions for the sound management of chemicals, promotes the exchange of information on chemicals, and helps to build the capacities of countries around the world to use chemicals safely. This office maintains the International Register of Potentially Toxic Chemicals (IRPTC).

UNEP State of the Environment Reports (SOER)

Formerly referred to as Global Resource Info Database/Global Environmental Monitoring System (GRID/GEMS)

UNEP regularly produces State of the Environment Reports for individual countries and regions. These SOERs provide crucial information on the current status of the environmental health of many different countries. UNEP/GRID Arendal maintains an excellent collection of SOER reports for Central/Eastern Europe and the Newly Independent States.