Caribbean marine life get protection – with the Protocol Concerning Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife law
JAMAICA — After 10 years of tinkering, a sweeping new international law that protects marine life and natural habitats throughout the Caribbean is now final.
The Protocol Concerning Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife reflects the region’s growing recognition of conservation needs of the endangered, depleted animal and plant populations. It encourages the sustainable management of the region’s coastal and ocean resources at the ecosystem level.
Many Caribbean countries are dependent on their coastlines for tourism and fishing. The natural resources, however, are disappearing at a rapid rate due to over-exploitation and habitat destruction.
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