Legislative instrument details: Cartagena Convention

Legal name Convention for the Protection and Development of the Marine Environment of the Wider Caribbean Region
Short name Cartagena Convention
CELEX reference
Identification number
Issued by United Nations Environment Programme
URL to issuer http://www.unep.org
Parent legislative instrument
Related instrument(s) SPAW Protocol
Valid from 11/10/1986
Abstract The Cartagena Convention requires Parties to adopt measures aimed at preventing, reducing and controlling pollution of the following areas: pollution from ships; pollution caused by dumping; pollution from sea-bed activities; airborne pollution; and pollution from land-based sources and activities. In addition, the Parties are required to take appropriate measures to protect and preserve rare or fragile ecosystems, as well as the habitat of depleted, threatened or endangered species and to develop technical and other guidelines for the planning and environmental impact assessments of important development projects in order to prevent or reduce harmful impacts on the area of application. The Convention has been supplemented by three Protocols: 1) Protocol Concerning Co-operation in Combating Oil Spills in the Wider Caribbean Region; 2) Protocol Concerning Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife in the Wider Caribbean Region (SPAW Protocol); and 3) Protocol on Marine Pollution from Land-based Sources and Activities (LBS Protocol).
Reporting framework
Reporting obligations
Geographic scope Caribbean Region
Comments The Caribbean Environment Programme (CEP) is a sub-programme of UNEP's Regional Seas Programme (www.unep.ch/seas/). The CEP's mission is to promote regional co-operation for the protection and the development of the marine environment, and is governed by the Caribbean nations and territories under a programmatic framework, the Caribbean Action Plan. The Plan outlines programmes of assistance, institutional strengthening, and technical co-operation, and led to the adoption of the Cartagena Convention. The activities of the CEP focus mainly on implementation of the protocols, on information management and exchange, and on environmental education and training.
EC entry into force
EC accession
Convention secretariat Caribbean Regional Co-ordinating Unit (CAR/RCU) (in Kingston, Jamaica)