Wider Caribbean Region – A Pivotal Time to Strengthen Regional Instruments For Biodiversity Conservation
The countries of the Wider Caribbean Region (WCR) are linked economically by their transboundary living marine resources. Th e region is facing a continued decline of these resources. Science is improving our understanding of the human contributions to this decline, but national policies and programmes have not kept pace with this understanding. Th e Caribbean Regional Seas Programme and its Cartagena Convention and Protocols provide the regional legal framework for protection and sustainable management of the WCR’s living marine and coastal resources.