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


A UNEP Regional Seas Convention for the Wider Caribbean. It is a comprehensive, umbrella agreement for the protection and development of the marine environment. This regional environmental convention provides the legal framework for cooperative regional and national actions in the Wider Caribbean region. It was adopted in 1983 and entered into force in 1986.

Its biodiversity relevance is that it includes a Protocol on Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife which acts as a vehicle to assist with regional implementation of the broader Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

Caribbean Environment Programme, UNEP (2014) 1

Note: This refers to the Cartagena Convention and not the Cartagena Protocol.