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Draft Guidelines to Prevent Species from Becoming Threatened or Endangered
The Cartagena Convention is unique in the breadth of its multiple mandates to protect the environment of the Wider Caribbean.
From the web-site of the United Nations Environment Programme?s Caribbean Environment Programme (UNEP/CEP):
The Caribbean Environment Programme (CEP) is one of the UNEP administered Regional Seas Programmes. The CEP is managed by and for the countries of the Wider Caribbean Region through the Caribbean Action Plan (1981) outlining regional environmental challenges.
The Action Plan led to the 1983 adoption of the Convention for the Protection and Development of the Marine Environment of the Wider Caribbean Region (Cartagena Convention), which provides the legal framework. The Convention has been supplemented by three protocols addressing specific environmental issues namely, oil spills, specially protected areas and wildlife and land-based sources and activities or marine pollution. The CEP provides the programmatic framework for the Cartagena Convention.
The Caribbean Regional Co-ordinating Unit (CAR/RCU) located in Kingston, Jamaica was created in 1986 and serves as Secretariat to the CEP. The CEP has three main sub-programmes:
* Assessment and Management of Environment Pollution (AMEP).
* Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife (SPAW).
* Communication, Education, Training and Awareness (CETA).
For more information on the various sub-programmes download the CEP Brochure (available in English and Spanish).
Within the context of the SPAW Protocol there are special provisions relating to ?Guidelines to Prevent Species
from becoming Endangered or Threatened? [Subtitle: Conservation of Ecosystems and Biological Diversity in the Wider Caribbean Region]. These Guidelines have been submitted in draft to the CEP and to the Regional Activity Centre in Guadeloupe, and can be downloaded for inspection and review here.
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