Ratification of the LBS Protocol by Jamaica
During the recently concluded "Our Oceans" Conference held in Valparaiso, Chile from 5-6 October, Honorable A.J. Nicholson, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of the Government of Jamaica announced the ratification of the LBS Protocol as of 23rd September, 2015.
He outlined that this ratification signaled the Government's continued commitment to reducing the negative impacts of pollution on the coastal and marine environment, in particular from solid waste and sewage.
The LBS Protocol, which was signed in Aruba in 1999 is the only regional legal agreement for the Wider Caribbean that promotes an integrated approach to the prevention, control and reduction of marine pollution. A total of 12 Countries in the Wider Caribbean Region including Jamaica have now ratified this Protocol.
For more information on the LBS Protocol please see: http://cep.unep.org/cartagena-convention/lbs-protocol/protocol-concerning-pollution-from-land-based-sources-and-activities