Regional activity center for areas and species specially protected
Caribbean Environment Program
Parc National de Guadeloupe
United Nations Environment Programme
Regional activity center for areas and species specially protected


Humpback whales feeding in the Stellwagen Sanctuary Malfini in flight St Pierre, Martinique, FWI Angel fish, Guadeloupe 17. Blow of humpack whale, Guadeloupe

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Newsletter - release N°14
We are pleased to inform you that the 14th release of the SPAW Newsletter, dated october 2014, is online.
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Caribbean Coral reef monitoring workshop - "Review, improve and revitalize the regional GCRMN network for a more effective coral reef monitoring and data management in the Wider Caribbean Region" - Curacao, 6th - 8th of August 2014
The Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN), data arm of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) recently published a groundbreaking report. “Status and Trends of Caribbean Coral (...)
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The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) and The Nature Conservancy launched a project entitled Climate Resilient Eastern Caribbean (...)
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Release of the GCRMN Caribbean Report on the Status and Trends of Caribbean Coral Reefs
With only about one-sixth of the original coral cover left, most Caribbean coral reefs may disappear in the next 20 years, primarily due to the loss of grazers in the region according to the (...)
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Factsheets on best practices for Protected Areas management
Under the Caribbean Challenge, the government of Italy through its Ministry of Foreign Affairs, funded a UNEP-CEP project aiming to strenghten capacities for MPA management in a selection of (...)
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Invasive Alien Species management strategies workshop : Learning and sharing best practices between northern islands protected areas
St Martin, FWI, 12-14 May 2014. A workshop organized by the Réserve Naturelle de St Martin Funding provided by CaMPAM and the SPAW-RAC as part of the grants awarded through the specific Small (...)
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MEGARA NorthWest Indies 2014
Where do the humpback whales that frequent our waters from January to June come from? North America, Europe? What do they do in the Northern Islands? Further to the satellite tags deployed by the (...)
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Save the date: SPAW COP8, SPAW STAC6
UNEP-CAR/RCU, Secretariat of the Convention for the Protection and Development of the Marine Environment of the Wider Caribbean Region, invites you to mark your calendars for its (...)
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Meetings and events in 2014
January Dates Topics Place 29 – 30 WECAFC strengthening Workshop February Dates Topics Place 20 – 23 World Ecotourism Conference – Marine and Coastal Ecotourism. " class='spip_url spip_out' (...)
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Launch of Coastal Capital: Ecosystem Valuation for Decision Making in the Caribbean Guidebook
The World Resources Institute (WRI) and partners are releasing the newest publication in their Coastal Capital series, a guidebook called Coastal Capital: Ecosystem Valuation for Decision Making (...)
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Accommodated by the  Parc national de la Guadeloupe  [Guadeloupe National Park] and funded by the French Government, the SPAW-RAC works under the aegis of the  Regional Coordination Unit for the United Nations Environment Programme in Kingston , to implement the  SPAW protocol  concerning the protection of marine and coastal biodiversity in the wider Caribbean region, from the Gulf of Mexico to the Caribbean Sea.

Download the detailed list of countries that have ratified the SPAW Protocol.

Carte Spaw en

Bahamas | Barbados | Belize | Colombia | Cuba | Dominican Republic | France (Guadeloupe, Guyane, Martinique, Saint-Barthélémy, Saint-Martin) | Grenada | Guyana | Netherlands (Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint-Eustachius, Sint Maarten) | Panama | Saint-Lucia | St Vincent and the Grenadines | Trinidad and Tobago | United States (States bordering the Gulf of Mexico; U.S. Virgin Islands; Puerto-Rico) - Venezuela