The meeting , to be hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme, Caribbean Environment Programme (UNEP CEP) will be held August 15-17.
“This meeting marks a significant advancement of efforts to assess the sources and impacts of pollution on the Caribbean Sea,” said Christopher Corbin, UNEP’s Programme Officer with responsibility for the pollution sub-programme at the Jamaica based secretariat.
He further acknowledged the financial support of two regional projects funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF IWEco and CLME+) for the workshop.
“Both projects recognized the importance of establishing a baseline of the major types, quantities and sources of pollutants as well as their impacts on human health, the environment and economic industries such as fishing, tourism and maritime transportation in the region,” he said.
The UNEP CEP, says over 80 per cent of pollution of the Caribbean Sea comes from activities on land, such as deforestation, agricultural chemicals and farm waste as well as industrial, toxic waste, oil spills and siltation, littering and animal waste.
This has destructive effects on the coastal and marine environment.
Coral reefs are also at risk of pollution in the Caribbean as they have diminished by 90 per cent in recent times.
UNEP CEP as Secretariat for the Cartagena Convention and Protocol on Land Based-Sources (LBS) of Marine Pollution says it continues to work with Governments of the region to prevent, reduce and/or control marine pollution.
The LBS Protocol has been signed by 12 countries and this meeting is expected to help raise awareness of the importance of ratification by other countries in the wider Caribbean Region.