The State of the Convention Area Report aims to fill data gaps and assist in monitoring the quality of Caribbean waters

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To respond to gaps in monitoring and assessment programmes of patterns and trends in the environmental quality of the Convention area, the State of the Convention Area Report (SOCAR) is being developed. 

The State of the Convention Area Report will fill data gaps and assist with monitoring the quality of Caribbean waters. In relation to its background, it is considered as an update to the regional overview of land-based sources of pollution in the Wider Caribbean Region (CEP Technical Report No. 33 in 1994) and (CEP Technical Report No 52 in 2011) which was limited in data for Caribbean Environment Programme (CEP) Governments.   

CEP Technical report No. 52 (Download: English, Spanish, French) provides an update of the domestic and industrial pollutant loads discharged in the Wider Caribbean Region, sanitation coverage expansion and treatment, as well as the pollutant loading from watersheds inflows. It also presents the projected changes of pollutant loads for the years 2015 and 2020 in fulfilling UN Millennium Development Goals.  Other related reports produced involving monitoring and assessment including Know Why Network, and Baseline Analysis of Domestic Wastewater were produced.

The quantitative assessment of the state of the marine environment of the Wider Caribbean Region is slated to be completed by early 2019 and a draft of the report will be discussed at the upcoming ‘Intergovernmental Meeting (IGM)’  of that year.

Support for the finalization of the SOCAR is being provided by the United Nations Development Programme/ Global Environment Facility's Caribbean and North Brazil Shelf Large Marine Ecosystems  (UNDP/GEF CLME+) and Integrating Water, Land and Ecosystem Management in Caribbean Small Island Developing States (GEF IWEco) Projects. In that regard, the SOCAR is expected to be further refined during the biennium to facilitate greater integration with the State of Habitat Report to be developed under the Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife (SPAW) sub-programme.