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.


The objectives of our communications programme are to:

  • Improve educational systems to promote positive attitudinal and behavioural changes on environmental management;
  • Develop and implement training programmes for the management of coastal and marine resources;
  • Support public awareness efforts by the media, private sector, community-based, and non-governmental organizations to demonstrate the value of marine and coastal resources;
  • Increase access to data and information on coastal and marine resource management through strengthening of CEP websites, networks and databases; and
  • Disseminate information resulting from the implementation of our projects and activities.

Our main areas of focus are (1) Education and Awareness and (2) Training.  This is supported by our presence on Social Media and the development of several promotional and outreach products.

Top Stories from our Communications Desk

  • The launch of the first human security project on Jamaica aimed at ‘Strengthening Human Resilience in Northern Clarendon and West Kingston’ was held in Kingston, Jamaica from March 12-15, 2018 followed by a training in the concept of Human Security.
  • To mark the global day, the UN Environment's Caribbean Environment Programme participated in the World Water Day Exhibition coordinated by the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation at Girl Guide Headquarters starting on March 22, 2018 in Kingston, Jamaica highlighting the importance of the commodity and the need to protect and preserve the country’s freshwater resources. Winners in World Water Day poster, essay and photo competitions organised by the Ministry and the National Water Commission (NWC), were announced and presented with awards on the day.
  • On 3 March celebrated as World Wildlife Day under the theme 'Predators under Threat', the marine wildlife of the Caribbean Sea was also highlighted on social media as threats to their existence include pollution and climate change among others. The #Wild for Life 'Find your Kindred Species Team Challenge' was launched and heavily promoted among social media and sent to schools. It offered the opportunity to raise awareness and protect these endangered species!
  • In celebration of International Day for Women and Girls in Science (March 8), UN Environment Caribbean Regional Seas Programme featured women at the Secretariat supporting our work in environmental science. The Cartagena Convention Secretariat celebrated all Women in Science especially those at our Regional Activity Centres (RACs) and institutions which form part of the Regional Activity Network (RAN). These provide technical support to the Contracting Parties to the Cartagena Convention and its protocols.
  • In collaboration with the National Environment Planning Agency, UN Environment Caribbean Regional Seas Programme commemorated World Wetlands Day by participating in the UWI/Port Royal Marine Laboratory with a tree planting activity and clean up of a mangrove seedling plot within the Palisadoes-Port Royal Protected Area in Kingston, Jamaica in February 2018. Check our images on social media.
  • United Nations Day 2017, dubbed “UN in the Park for Experience 2030” held on October 24 at the Emancipation Park in Jamaica was promoted on Facebook and Twitter. The activities included a public event featuring tented information displays on the Sustainable Development Goals, a debate competition and a talent concert.
  • Did you miss our infographics about wastewater management from our GEF CReW Project?  Check them all out here.
  • Our Facebook likes and twitter followers continue to grow. Spread the word.
  • What are you doing to celebrate International Biodiversity Day, World Environment Day and World Oceans Day?  Share your activities with us.
  • Public and youth in Jamaica shared their awareness of the value of the ocean and Pollution in videos captured at the Oracabessa Fish sanctuary and selected high schools in Jamaica.
  • Do you want to enroll in the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) and learn more about one of the most pressing environmental issues of our time. Please enroll via the website Marine Litter MOOC. Available now in Spanish.
  • Join the #CleanSeas campaign.
  • Did you miss any of our recent news? Check out our latest news here
  • Within the framework of the Cartagena Convention, Government Focal Points should provide updates on contact details for their national and technical focal points. Please send news items, pictures and/or stories for our website, social media and newsletters.

Thematic Areas

  • Education and Awareness 
    CETA supports our Pollution (AMEP) and Marine Biodiversity (SPAW) sub-programmes in the design, maintenance and dissemination of information.   
  • Training 
    CETA assists our Pollution and Marine Biodiversity sub-programmes to develop and implement technical training programmes and capacity building exercises at national and regional levels. 

Social Media

We encourage you to visit our FacebookTwitter, and Youtube to get the most up to date information on environmental news in the region and internationally. 

Check out our Promotional Material: Videos, Infographics, Brochures

Awareness — by rwade — last modified Sep 17, 2014 12:07 PM