Regional Workshop on Port Reception Facilities and Waste Management

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago | October 4-6, 2016

The Convention for the Protection and Development of the Marine Environment of the Wider Caribbean Region (Cartagena Convention) was adopted on 24 March 1983 and entered into force on 11 October 1986 as the legal instrument for the implementation of the Caribbean Action Program.  It is the only legally binding Environment treaty for the Wider Caribbean Region, and its three Protocols (Oil Spill Protocol, Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife Protocol) constitute a legal commitment by the participating governments to protect, develop and manage their common waters individually or jointly. The Convention is a legal framework agreement that identifies measures by which the Contracting Parties must adopt and implement, including those aimed at preventing, reducing and controlling pollution from ships, dumping, sea-bed activities, airborne sources, and from land-based sources and activities.  The Cartagena Convention works in support of other global conventions and agreements including those of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) including the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL), Ballast Water and London Conventions.

MARPOL is the main international convention covering prevention of pollution by ships that initially entered into force in 2 October 1983, and has been amended with additional Annexes over the years.  MARPOL imposes operational and technical requirements on ships, currently contained within six Annexes:

  1. Annex I  - Prevention of Pollution by Oil
  2. Annex II - Control of Pollution by Noxious Liquid Substances in Bulk
  3. Annex III - Prevention of Pollution by Harmful Substances Carried by Sea in Packaged Form
  4. Annex IV - Prevention of Pollution by Sewage from Ships
  5. Annex V - Prevention of Pollution by Garbage from Ships
  6. Annex VI - Prevention of Air Pollution from Ship

Over the years, RAC/REMPEITC-Caribe in association with the IMO, and the United Nations Environment Program - Regional Coordinating Unit for the Caribbean Environment Program (UNEP CAR/RCU) have regularly conducted regional and national workshops on MARPOL to provide capacity building and facilitate the exchange of information among the Wider Caribbean Region on the legislative, administrative, and operating procedures regarding MARPOL.

The Agenda can be downloaded here.