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Regional cooperation for national action on Caribbean Sea sustainability
by Association of Caribbean States - Caribbean Sea Comission (Intergovernmental organization)
The Association of Caribbean States (ACS), as the hemispheric organization with the unique responsibility amongst Latin American and Caribbean regional organisations, for protecting the Caribbean Sea, is deeply committed to seeing full implementation of Goal 14.

The ACS dedication to protection and preservation of oceans and particularly the Caribbean Sea is perhaps best captured in Article III (d) of the 1994 Convention which established the organisation. This article recognises the Caribbean Sea as the common patrimony of the peoples of the Caribbean, recalls the role it has played in their history and the potential it has to operate as a unifying element in their development and asserts the critical importance of preserving the environment of the region and, in particular, the shared responsibility of the ACS Membership for the preservation of the environmental integrity of the Caribbean Sea in order to enhance the quality of life of present and future generations of Caribbean peoples.

In recent years ACS has reinvigorated its commitment to acting as the lead coordinating body for Caribbean Sea preservation.

The ACS recognises is unique position at the science policy interface, and has a special ability host crucial discussions at the political level, which are necessary to generate the political will needed to implement technical recommendations and guidance. The ACSs Ministerial Council remains the one of the highest levels available for political consensus building on Caribbean Sea Issues. Through its ministerial Council the ACS and its Caribbean Sea Commission (CSC) will develop a substantive declaration on the sustainable management of the Caribbean Sea, and the shared position on the pursuit of Special Area status.

Additionally the ACS-CSC is committed to leveraging the diversity of Member, Associate Member and Observer states to the ACS, by connecting specialist institutes of larger states with experts of the Small Island Developing states, through cross boundary research projects.

Each of these projects have components which;
1. Build technical and technological capacity
2. Establish regional cross boundary expert groups
3. Enhance and establish regional cross boundary data collection efforts
4. Improve SIDS capacity to monitor and respond to critical ecosystem threats

Specific current projects include;
Impact of Climate Change on the sandy coasts of the Caribbean: Alternatives for its control and Resilience.
Main components; 1. Establishment of regional Costal erosion/sea level rise monitoring network
2. Development of a regional manual for costal erosion management
3. Hosting of a regional conference on Costal Erosion beach preservation

Mitigation of the effects of climate change on the coral reefs of the Caribbean: Cultivation and propagation of Stony Corals and Black Urchins for reef restoration.
Main components include;
1. Regional capacity building in coral propagation techniques
2. Establishment of genetic banks of corals
3. Establishment of regional expert group on coral preservation and propagation

Contribution to controlling the Sargassum Seaweed in the Caribbean Sea through monitoring and exploration of commercial use.
Main components;
1. Building predictive capacity
2. Building capacity for the examination of bioactive potential of the Seaweed
3. Reducing impact on tourism through communication
Progress reports
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
  • Coastal clean-ups
  • Plastics recovery/recycling/reuse
  • Reduce invasive aquatic species introduction
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Community or Locally Managed Marine Areas
  • Integrated Coastal Management
  • Large Marine Ecosystem approach
  • Ecosystem-based Adaptation
By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
Type of commitment
  • Economic benefits from sustainable tourism
  • Economic benefits from marine biotechnology
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Scientific, socioeconomic and interdisciplinary research
  • Research capacity development
  • Data access and sharing
  • Training and professional development
  • Scientific cooperation
  • Transfer marine technology
  • Actions that support SIDS and LDCs
Enhance the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in UNCLOS, which provides the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources, as recalled in paragraph 158 of The Future We Want
Type of commitment
  • Activities to raise awareness of the comprehensive legal and policy framework for the sustainable development of oceans and seas, in particular UNCLOS, its Implementing Agreements and other relevant ocean-related instruments and promote their effective im
  • Activities to develop the capacity of States towards broader participation in and effective implementation of UNCLOS and its implementing Agreements
April 2018
Establishment of Regiona Sea Level Rise/Costal Erosion Monitoring Network
August 2018
Establishment of Consesnus Position on regocginition of Caribbean Sea As a Special Area
December 2018
Establishment of regional network of Genetic Labratory Banks for Caribbean Coral Reefs
June 2018
Development of Regional Short and Medium term Forecasts for Sargassum Seaweed Landings
Financing (in USD)
5,000,000 USD
Basic information
Time-frame: 01/2017 - 12/2020
Caribbean Community (CARICOM) , Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), United Nations Economic Commission For Latin America and the Caribbean (UNECLAC), Central American Integration System (SICA), Permanent Secretariat for the General Agreement On Central American Economic Integration ( SEICA)
Ocean Basins
  • South Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Associate Members (8) Aruba, Curacao , France (on behalf of French Guiana and Sait Barthelemy), Guadeloipe, Martinique, Kingdom of the Netherlands (on behalf of Bonaire, Saba, and Sint Eustatius) Saint Martin , Sint Maarten
Contact information
June Soomer , Secretary General, Dr, jsoomer@acs-aec.org, algirvan@acs-aec.org, 18686229575
Port of Spain
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