Participating countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago. Description: The Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention entered into force on 8 September 2017. To that purpose, the workshop will focus specifically on implementation, compliance and enforcement of the Convention in the Wider Caribbean Region (WCR). The workshop will assess the state of play of the Regional Task Force on the Ratification and Implementation of the IMO Convention on BWM in the WCR and El Salvador (RTFWCR), which was established as a regional support mechanism within the framework of the UNEP's Caribbean Environment Program (CEP), and which was tasked, inter alia, to develop and adopt a Regional Strategy and Action Plan for its implementation. The 3rd Regional Task Force Meeting on the Ratification and Implementation of the IMO Convention on Ballast Water Management was held in Panama City, Panama, from 5-9 June 2017. That workshop recommended the creation of several workgroups such as: • Invasive species portal • Port biological monitoring portal - 5 - • Ballast water and sediments scientific committee portal • Open-ended compliance monitoring and enforcement portal • Closed ended compliance and enforcement portal • Outreach portal subgroups. The regional workshop would review work accomplished since that meeting and assess ' future sub workgroup goals. In addition, this workshop will serve as an opportunity to exchange practices and discuss lessons learned on implementation and enforcement of the BWM Convention in the WCR, and support further ratification, implementation and enforcement of the BWM Convention in the region. In addition, the workshop will review the Guidelines for ballast water exchange and sediment management in Wider Caribbean Region Areas (BWM.3/Circ.2) and determine what additional measures should be adopted to improve regional coordination and harmonize the implementation of the Convention.
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Monday, June 15, 2020 to Wednesday, June 17, 2020

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