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Wider Caribbean - Governing Instruments
 

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Convention for the Protection and Development of the Marine Environment of the Wider Caribbean Region

Short title: Cartagena Convention
Year adopted: March 24 th 1983, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia
Year entered into force: October 11, 1986

Contracting Parties: Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, France, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Panama, St Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United States of America, Venezuela, European Economic Commission

Status of Ratification April 2003:

State Date of signature Ratification / Acceded
Antigua and Barbuda 11-Sep-86
Bahamas
Barbados 05-Mar-84 28-may-85
Belize 22-Sep-99
Colombia 24-Mar-83 03-Mar-88
Costa Rica 01-Aug-91
Cuba 15-Sep-88
Dominica 05-Oct-90
Dominican Republic 24-Nov-98
France* 24-Mar-83 13-Nov-98
Grenada 24-Mar-83 17-Aug-87
Guatemala 05-Jul-83 18-Dec-89
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras 24-Mar-83
Jamaica 24-Mar-83 01-Apr-87
Mexico 24-Mar-83 11-Apr-85
Netherlands** 24-Mar-83 16-Apr-84
Nicaragua 24-Mar-83
Panama 24-Mar-83 07-Nov-87
St. Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia 24-Mar-83 20-Nov-84
St. Vincent and the Grenadines 11-Jul-90
Suriname
Trinidad and Tobago 24-Jan-86
UK*** 24-Mar-83 28-Feb-86
USA 24-Mar-83 31-Oct-84
Venezuela 24-Mar-83 18-Dec-86
European Union 24-Mar-83

* France signed with a reservation.

** Ratified on behalf of the Netherlands Antilles Federation on 16 April 1984, and for Aruba as of 1 January 1986.

*** Ratified on behalf of the Cayman Islands and Turks and Caicos Islands on 28 February 1986, reserving the right to extend it at a future date to include other territories. On 21 November 1987, it was extended to the British Virgin Islands

Parties not yet Ratified: Honduras, Nicaragua and the European Union

Secretariat for the Convention

UNEP-CAR/RCU
14-20 Port Royal Street
Kingston, Jamaica
Tel.: (876) 922-9267,
Fax: (876) -922-9292,
E-mail: uneprcuja@cwjamaica.com ,
Website: http://www.cep.unep.org

Depository State
Head of Institution : S.E. Sra. Carolina Barco , Ministra de Relaciones Exteriores
Attention: Dr. Jaime Girón Duarte, Viceministro de Asuntos Multilaterales
Contact: Dra. Ma. Andrea Albán , Coordinadora Grupo de Asuntos Ambientales Multilaterales Ambientales
Name of Institution: Area de Tratados, Oficina Juridica, Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores

Address:
Palacio de San Carlos
Calle 10 #5-51
Bogotá
Tel : (571) (57-1) 566-7077, 562-8032
Fax : (571) 566-6081
E-mail : andrea.alban@minrelext.gov.co , ataboga03@minrelext.gov.co
Website: www.minrelext.gov.co

Link to main Articles: Overview Of The Cartagena Convention

 

 

Caribbean Action Plan

Year adopted: 1981
Signatories / Participating Countries: 28 States and Territories

Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, United States of America, Venezuela, the Caribbean Territories of France, Netherlands and the United Kingdom

Objectives:

  • Assistance to all countries of the region, recognising the special situation of the smaller islands;
  • Co-ordination of international assistance activities;
  • Strengthening existing national and sub-regional institutions;
  • Technical co-operation in the use of the region's human, financial and natural resources

Link to document: The Caribbean Action Plan

 

 

Oil Spills

The Protocol Concerning Co-operation in Combating Oil Spills

Year adopted: 1983
Year entered into force: October 11, 1986

Link to main document: Oil Spills Protocol

Status of Ratification April 2003:

State Date of signature Ratification / Acceded
Antigua and Barbuda 11-Sep-86
Bahamas
Barbados 05-Mar-84 28-May-85
Belize 22-Sep-99
Colombia 24-Mar-83 03-Mar-88
Costa Rica 02-Aug-91
Cuba 15-Sep-88
Dominica 05-Oct-90
Dominican Republic 24-Nov-98
France 24-Mar-83 13-Nov-85
Grenada 24-Mar-83 17-Aug-87
Guatemala 05-Jul-83 18-Dec-89
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras 24-Mar-83
Jamaica 24-Mar-83 01-Apr-87
Mexico 24-Mar-83 11-Apr-85
Netherlands 24-Mar-83 16-Apr-84
Nicaragua 24-Mar-83
Panama 24-Mar-83 29-Oct-87
St. Kitts and Nevis 15-Jun-99
Saint Lucia 24-Mar-83 30-Nov-84
St. Vincent and the Grenadines 11-Jul-90
Suriname
Trinidad and Tobago 24-Jan-86
UK 24-Mar-83 28-Feb-86
USA 24-Mar-83 31-Oct-84
Venezuela 24-Mar-83 18-Dec-86
European Union

 

 

Specially Protected Area and Wildlife

The Protocol Concerning Specially Protected Area and Wildlife (SPAW)

Year adopted: 1990
Year entered into force: June 18, 2000

Link to main document: SPAW Protocol

Status of Ratification April 2003:

State Date of signature Ratification / Acceded
Antigua and Barbuda 18-Jan-90
Bahamas
Barbados 14-Oct-02
Belize
Colombia 18-Jan-90 05-Jan-98
Costa Rica
Cuba 18-Jan-90 04-Aug-98
Dominica
Dominican Republic 24-Nov-98
France 18-Jan-90 05-Apr-02
Grenada
Guatemala 18-Jan-90 05-Apr-02
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Jamaica 18-Jan-90
Mexico 18-Jan-90
Netherlands 18-Jan-90 02-Mar-92
Nicaragua
Panama 16-Jan-91 27-Sep-96
St. Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia 18-Jan-90 18-May-00
St. Vincent and the Grenadines 26-Jul-91
Suriname
Trinidad and Tobago 18-Jan-90 10-Aug-99
UK 18-Jan-90
USA 18-Jan-90 13-Mar-03
Venezuela 18-Jan-90 28-Jan-97
European Union

 

 

Pollution from Land-Based Sources and Activities

The Protocol Concerning Pollution from Land-Based Sources and Activities (LBS)

Year Adopted: 6 th October 1999
Year entered into force: Not yet in force

Link to main document: LBS Protocol

Status of Ratification April 2003:

State Date of signature Ratification / Acceded
Antigua and Barbuda
Bahamas
Barbados
Belize
Colombia 02-Oct-00
Costa Rica 06-Oct-99
Cuba
Dominica
Dominican Republic 03-Aug-00
France 06-Oct-99
Grenada
Guatemala
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Jamaica
Mexico
Netherlands 06-Oct-99
Nicaragua
Panama 09-Jul-03
St. Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Suriname
Trinidad and Tobago 28-Mar-03
UK
USA 06-Oct-99
Venezuela
European Union

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