About CEP (media text)

The CEP is a conglomerate of legislative, programmatic and institutional frameworks and entities working together in assisting the nations and territories of the Wider Caribbean Region to protect their marine and coastal environment and promote sustainable development.

Known worldwide for its tropical breezes, abundant waters, and interesting culture, the Caribbean region depends upon a healthy environment to sustain its people and their livelihoods. The Caribbean Environment Programme (CEP) helps nations protect the marine environment and promotes sustainable development in the Wider Caribbean Region.

Although a part of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the CEP is managed by and for the diverse Caribbean nations and territories under a legal and programmatic framework they created in 1981, the Action Plan and the subsequent Cartagena Convention (..).

The Wider Caribbean Region is one of the most culturally and economically diverse areas in the world. Its traditions and customs are a mix of Latino, African, European, South Asian, Indian, and Native American cultures. It is a region of great natural beauty and abundance, and also of great economic disparity. CEP works as a facilitator, educator, and catalyst to coordinate activities and build the capacity of all member governments in the region to manage their coastal environments and build sustainable coastal economies.

As one of UNEP’s regional seas programmes, the CEP helps link Caribbean states to each other and to other institutions working in the region. The CEP also is part of UNEP's Division of Environmental Conventions and works closely with UNEP's Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (ROLAC).

The 28 UN member states that created CEP encircle the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico: from as far north as Florida in the United States to as far south and east as French Guiana on the North Coast of South America. The region also includes Mexico, Central America, and the many small island nations and territories of the insular Caribbean.

The Caribbean Environment Programme has three main sub-programmes:

ASSESSMENT AND MANAGEMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION (AMEP),

which facilitates implementation of the protocols on land-based sources and oil spills, as well as such global agreements as the Basel Convention and the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities.

SPECIALLY PROTECTED AREAS AND WILDLIFE (SPAW),

which facilitates implementation of the SPAW Protocol and coordinates with numerous related global initiatives, such as the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Ramsar Convention on wetlands protection, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), the International Coral Reef Initiative, and the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network.

■COMMUNICATION, EDUCATION, TRAINING AND AWARENESS (CETA),

which develops the research, technical, and managerial capability of Caribbean states and territories to address environmental issues and promotes information and data exchange.