About the ACP MEAs
The programme on capacity building related to Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) in the African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) countries resulted from a partnership between the European Commission (EC), the Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP Secretariat), and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The aim of this Programme is to empower key stakeholders to address environmental challenges and to reap the benefits of improved environmental management at the national and regional levels. Learn more
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Publications/ Fact Sheets / Briefs
EU- OACP MEAS PHASE 1, 2 & 3 Publications …
- CARICOM Customs Handbook on MEAs
- CARICOM mainstreaming guidelines
- CARICOM MEA negotiations guidance brief #1 – Intro to MEAs
- CARICOM MEA negotiations guidance brief #2 – preparing for negotiations
- CARICOM MEA negotiations guidance brief #3 – MEA negotiations language
- CARICOM MEA negotiations guidance brief #4 – Negotiations follow-up
- Training Manual on Climate Responsibility and Participation in Carbon Offset Programmes for the Caribbean Hotel Sector (final)
The Caribbean Hub of the Project for Capacity Building related to Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries was established within the CARICOM Secretariat in 2009. This initiative, funded by the European Union (EU) and supported by the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) and UN Environment, now in its third phase, has made significant strides towards strengthening and enhancing the capacity of Caribbean ACP countries to effectively implement environmental agreements and their related commitments in the chemicals and waste and biodiversity clusters of MEAs. Read more
Press Releases / In the Media
CARICOM delegates head to Montreal, Canada, for the Fifteenth Conference of the Parties United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD) (COP15) gearing up to create targets on biodiversity for the next decade. The Conference, from December 7-19, will be held under the Presidency of China. Importantly, the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) is expected to be adopted during this second phase of the conference. Over the last six months, the CARICOM Secretariat under the Capacity Building Related to Multilateral Environmental Agreements (ACP MEAs) Phase III Project worked with the Caribbean Biodiversity Focal Points and other partners to prepare for effective participation in the negotiations and other priorities under the Convention. The ACP MEAs Project is an initiative of the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States funded by the European Union. Biodiversity framework Biodiversity is the foundation of the global economy. More than half of global GDP – equal to US$41.7trillion – is dependent on the healthy functioning of the natural world. Ninety-five per cent of the food we eat is produced in the soil, yet up to 40% of the world’s land is severely degraded by unsustainable agricultural practices. Eighteen percent of total GDP for most CARICOM countries comes from agriculture. Our current reality sets a challenge before us that are well known as we continue to grapple with our economic, social and environmental vulnerabilities. It is timely as a Community that we re-examine our relationship with nature recognising that, despite all our advances we will always remain dependent on healthy and vibrant ecosystems for our water, food, medicines, clothes, fuel, shelter and energy. International conflict continues to exacerbate the existing food, energy, climate and finance crisis. Here in the Caribbean, we are feeling the consequences of this conflict, deriving even more urgency in our actions to be more food and energy secure in a way that is in harmony with the Caribbean’s unique biodiversity. The CARICOM Secretariat used this year as an optimal opportunity to promote an urgency of action at the highest levels, in support of a post-2020 biodiversity framework that will contribute to the re-shaping of the Region’s vision for biodiversity. CARICOM’s Delegates and Biodiversity Focal Points heading to COP15.2 share their expectations for the upcoming meetings: Antigua and Barbuda’s delegation: From left, Dr. Helena Jeffrey Brown, Technical Coordinator, Mrs. Kishma Primus-Osmond, Biosafety Specialist and Ms. Nneka Nicolas, Legal Consultant Antigua and Barbuda “In anticipation for the upcoming meetings in Montreal in December, Antigua and Barbuda emphasises the importance of having a Global Biodiversity Framework that takes into account the vulnerabilities of the Small Island Developing States. We are seeing increasing destruction in our islands that can be directly linked to the loss of critical biodiversity and ecosystems. While we are hopeful that the GBF can be finalised, we also note that without adequate financing, resource mobilisation, capacity building and technology transfer as well as a sufficient means of implementation, the GBF will not be effective in halting and reversing biodiversity loss. Access to these resources via the GBF will support our capacity to collect data consistently which would inform which activities are effective to implement targets under the GBF. We also hope to see the finalisation of the recognition of Digital Sequencing Information (DSI) as a genetic resource. We will, at this meeting, insist on the retention of the language related to DSI in applicable goals and targets or the GBF as well as the finalisation of a Benefit Sharing Mechanism allowing developing countries to benefit from the utilisation of their genetic resources including DSI.” The Bahamas Mrs. Samantha Miller-Cartwright, Senior Environmental Officer of the Bahamas “The Bahamas, like most countries in the Caribbean region, possess some of the most unique terrestrial and marine ecosystems in the world. We identify with many of the issues met by our regional counterparts, in that we are most susceptible to biodiversity loss, and other negative impacts that plague our natural environment and most sensitive ecosystems. The Bahamas seeks to demonstrate a sustained willingness for dialogue during these negotiations in order to reach consensus, which we hope is reached by the end of COP-15. It is our hope that we arrive at a Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) that guides us toward the 2050 vision. The Bahamas fully supports a Post 2020-GBF with goals and targets that are clear, concise and achievable by all Parties. We also wish to see a GBF that fully incorporates the guiding principles of the Convention, but also integrates and captures the regional and national priorities and circumstances of each Party. For us, the most critical discussions revolve around: means of implementation, resource mobilisation, access and benefit sharing, capacity building and technology transfer, technical and scientific cooperation, impacts to local communities, and the active role of women and youth in biodiversity, among other necessary enabling conditions. We have concluded rounds and rounds of negotiations on the GBF in Nairobi, Kenya and in Geneva, Switzerland. Therefore, The Bahamas is hopeful that negotiations at COP-15 will be productive and results are resolute, impartial and meaningful. The Bahamas recognises and understands that Biodiversity is declining and actions should be taken by all Parties to ensure there are no delays in the adoption of the Post-2020 GBF, as it will set us on a path towards achieving the 2050 vision of “Living in Harmony with Nature”. Grenada Mrs. Aria R. St Louis, Head of Environment Division, Grenada “We need for a balanced outcome that reflects the progress done with the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework and work programme under all three pillars of the Convention (Conservation, Sustainable use and Access and Benefit Sharing)”, Grenada’s Senior Delegate Aria St Louis posits. The Region remains concerned about implementation and in this light, unpacking “means of implementation” and access to resources will be a key part of the discussions and draft decisions being tabled. Means of implementation raises discussions on the gap in biodiversity finance which was identified as a stumbling block to achieving the Aichi targets. Climate is a driver of Read more…
The Caribbean Hub of the European Union-funded project for Capacity-Building related to Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Countries, has announced that the winner of its Short Video Contest is aspiring scientist, Mrs Lyn-Marie Lynton of Barbados. The competition was launched on 20 May during the First Webinar in the Biodiversity Webinar Series 2022 coordinated by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), the Food and Agricultural Organisation Sub-regional office for the Caribbean, and Antigua and Barbuda. The Judges of the competition which closed on 31 May, were drawn from those collaborating partners on the Biodiversity webinar series. As the first-place winner of the contest, Mrs. Lynton will participate in all of the Regional Preparatory Workshops and Training Programmes for the Fifteenth Meeting of the Conference of Parties to the United National Framework on Biological Diversity (UNCBD) (COP 15). She will be part of the delegation to COP15 as a Youth Delegate, through the support the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), ACP MEAS Programme. Please see the full video below. https://youtu.be/SjBdS53ES98
Active and informed youth participation is part of the process of empowerment and knowledge building in the Community. As a significant step in promoting a place for youth in decision-making on biodiversity-related issues, the Secretariat invites young persons to participate in the 2022 International day for Biological Diversity Youth Competition. COMPETITION INFORMATION Caribbean youth can submit videos focusing on the IDB 2022 theme and topic: “Building a shared future for all life”; and national and regional youth priorities for the Global Biodiversity FrameworkAges 18 to 35 Caribbean nationals involved in environmental and biodiversity-related activitiesAudio-visual video submissions no more than 5 minutes long, 1 submission per individualCriteria: quality, creativity, logical solution that addresses theme and topicPrizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. 1st Place Award: fully funded participation at the Open-Ended Working Group Session in Nairobi, Kenya; United Nations Convention for Biological Diversity Fifteenth Conference of Parties (COP15); and CARICOM negotiators preparatory meetings training workshops Sponsors: UN Environment, OECS Commission, Caribbean Hub ACP MEAs Phase III Project Submit entries by the deadline of 31 May 2022 to: firstname.lastname@example.org