Assessment & Management of Environmental Pollution (AMEP)

The AMEP Sub-programme (Assessment and Management of Environmental Pollution) concerns the assessment and management of environmental pollution and provides regional co-ordination for the implementation of the Protocol concerning Pollution from Land-based Sources and Activities (LBS Protocol) and the Protocol concerning Co-operation in Combating Oil Spills in the Wider Caribbean Region (Oil Spills Protocol).


To control, prevent and reduce pollution of the coastal and marine environment from land and marine-based sources and activities thereby enabling Countries of the Wider Caribbean to meet their obligations under the Land Based Sources of Marine Pollution and Oil Spills Protocols of the Cartagena Convention


Coordinate and oversee the day-to-day implementation of AMEP Projects and activities within the framework of the Caribbean Environment Programme (CEP);

Ensure that the formulation and implementation of projects and activities satisfy the obligations of the LBS and Oil Spills Protocols;

Promote ratification of, accession to, and effective implementation of the LBS and Oil Spills Protocols;

Enhance coordination, collaboration and communication with relevant regional and international organizations in the development and  implementation of AMEP projects and activities; and 

Enhance involvement of LBS and Oil Spills Regional Activity Centers (RAC) in the design and implementation of AMEP’s projects and activities.

Thematic Areas

Programme Coordination
GEF Projects
Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Wastewater Management
Watershed Management
Waste Management
National Programmes of Action
Oil Spills Response Planning
Climate Change and Disaster Management

Fact Sheets

Heavy Metals
Solid Waste & Marine Litter
Oils (Hydrocarbons)
Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and Pesticides
Radioactive Substances
Wastewater, Sewage and Sanitation
Sedimentation and Erosion
limate Change

Information Material

Work Plan and Budget 2013/2014
Media Brief (2008)
LBS Focal Point Directory

The AMEP Sub-Programme assists with the regionalisation of global agreements and initiatives such as Agenda 21, Barbados Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Programme of Action, Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Johannesburg Plan of Implementation (JPOI), and the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-Based Activities (GPA).  It also supports the implementation of multilateral environmental agreements such as the BASEL Convention on Hazardous Wastes, the London Dumping Convention and the MARPOL Convention.

Watershed Management

Improving Watershed Management will protect the coastal and marine environment from the impacts of non-point sources of marine pollution.  

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Wastewater Management

Domestic wastewater is the No. 1 point source of pollution entering the Caribbean Sea. Obligations under the LBS Protocol for wastewater are provided in ANNEX III of the Protocol.

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Marine Litter

This section seeks to highlight the work of the AMEP Sub-programme on the issue of Marine Litter

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SPAW Newsletters

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SPAW Workplan and Budget

The Workplan and Budget for the SPAW Sub-programme outlines the projects and activities along with respective funding, to be completed by the Sub-programme within a given time period. Some of these activities can extend across several time periods and are accomplished not only by the SPAW Sub-programme but in coordination with other CEP sub-programmes or national/regional/international organisations.

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