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.

Coastal and Marine Ecosystem

Coastal and marine ecosystems are among the most productive, yet threatened, ecosystems in the world; they include open ocean marine areas, nearshore coastal areas, areas where freshwater and saltwater mix, and certain terrestrial ecosystems such as sand dunes. Over a third of the worlds population live in coastal areas and are dependent on the various ecosystem services that marine and coastal ecosystems such as coral reefs, mangroves and seagrass beds provide.

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Communication, Education, Training and Awareness (CETA)

Improving environmental management depends on increasing public awareness and involvement, and on the availability of skills to respond to environmental challenges.

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Education & Awareness

The Communications (CETA) programme supports our pollution (AMEP) and marine biodiversity (SPAW) programmes in the design, maintenance and dissemination of information. It also promotes the work of the Caribbean Environment Programme and manages our websites and social media.

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The CEP supports the implementation of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development and promotes the improved understanding of the value and importance of marine and coastal resources through various educational activities.

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CETA supports the development and implementation of training programmes at national and regional levels.

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The CETA Sub-programme assists the SPAW and AMEP Sub-programmes in raising awareness on marine related environmental issues affecting the Wider Caribbean Region. CETA participates in numerous outreach activities, organises national and regional competitions and partners with other agencies in raising awareness on the need to protect coastal and marine resources.

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Regional Activity Centres and Networks

Regional Activity Centres (RACs) and institutions which form part of the Regional Activity Network (RAN) provide technical support to the Contracting Parties to the Cartagena Convention and its protocols.

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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.

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International Year of Forests

Welcome to the International Year of Forest 2011, designated by the United Nations to raise awareness on the sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests. For more information on local, regional and global celebrations, see the following links:

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