SPAW - Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife

What is the SPAW Protocol?

What are SPAW’s areas of focus?

How can SPAW support my marine biodiversity work in the Caribbean?

How can I apply for Small Grants from SPAW?

What are our recent achievements of SPAW?

How many countries have signed/ratified the SPAW Protocol?

What are the benefits to countries who ratify the SPAW Protocol?

How can my country ratify the SPAW Protocol?

Learn more about the projects and activities of SPAW.

What is the SPAW Protocol?

A regional agreement for the protection and sustainable use of coastal and marine biodiversity in the Wider Caribbean Region.

Our SPAW programme supports countries to implement their national obligations under the SPAW Protocol.

What are SPAW’s areas of focus? 

  • Marine Protected Areas and Wildlife
  • Threatened and Endangered Marine Species
  • Marine and Coastal Ecosystems 

How can SPAW support my marine biodiversity work in the Caribbean?

  • Improve management of protected areas
  • Conserve threatened and endangered species
  • Assist with other regional and global biodiversity agreements and commitments 

Apply now for any available Small Grants for Marine Biodiversity Projects.  

What are the recent achievements of our SPAW Programme: 2015 to 2016?

  • Mentorship Programme involving professional exchanges of Marine Protected Area Managers in Bonaire, Belize and Dominican Republic.

  • Provision of Ten Small Grants valued at USD 12,000 each to non-governmental and civil society organizations working on marine biodiversity.

  • Database of Protected Areas listed under the SPAW Protocol. 

Status of Ratification/Signing of the SPAW Protocol:  
Please see 
complete list of countries who have ratified here

Ratification of the SPAW Protocol

Last updated: 31st March, 2017

What are the benefits to my Government by becoming a party to (ratifying)* the SPAW Protocol?

*Ratification is the process when Governments formally sign on to a regional or international agreement and commit to various national obligations.  

How can my country ratify the SPAW Protocol? 

The national focal point in each country should:  

  1. Consult with other government and non-governmental organizations about the importance of ratification.
  2. Prepare justification letter for ratification.
  3. Obtain cabinet /parliament approval for ratification.
  4. Submit instruments of ratification to: Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Colombia. 

SPAW Projects 

  • Marine Spatial Planning of Marine Mammal Corridors and Protected Areas in the Wider Caribbean and Southeast and Northeast Pacific.

  • Control and Mitigation of the Invasive Lionfish in the Wider Caribbean Region.

  • Regional Support for the Caribbean Challenge Initiative: networking, consolidation and regional coordination of Marine Protected Areas management in the Eastern Caribbean.

  • Climate Resilient Eastern Caribbean Marine Managed Areas Network (ECMMAN).

  • Management and Conservation of Reef Biodiversity and Reef Fisheries in Colombia, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

For more details about these and other ongoing and proposed projects and activities of SPAW, please download our SPAW Meeting Reports and review our biannual Work Plans and Budgets.

Promotional and Awareness Material on Coastal and Marine Biodiversity

Newsletters

Press Releases

Brochures

Fact Sheets

Videos

Photos

If you have a specific request or question about the SPAW Programme and Protocol, please contact us at rcu@cep.unep.org.

SPAW Protocol Documents

  • SPAW Protocol (text only)

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  • Final Act, Resolutions 1990

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  • Final Act, Resolution, Appendix and Species Annexes I, II, III 1991

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  • SPAW Factsheet

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  • SPAW Brochure

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  • SPAW Benefits Sheet

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  • Guildines for Marine Mammal Watching in the WCR
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  • Ratification Map

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