Caribbean Environment Programme

The Caribbean Environment Programme and Cartagena Convention Secretariat

Protecting our Caribbean Sea and Sustaining our Future

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We implement three programmes on marine biodiversity, pollution and communications.

UN Environment established the Caribbean Environment Programme (CEP) in 1981 as one of its Regional Seas Programmes in recognition of the importance and value of the Wider Caribbean Region’s fragile and vulnerable coastal and marine ecosystems including endemic plants and animals.

Countries of the region then adopted an Action Plan also in 1981 that led to the development and adoption of the Cartagena Convention on 24 March 1983.

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