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Marine Litter Workshop and ICC in Hirado were successfully organized 26-28 March in Hirado, Nagasaki, with the kind support of the Japanese government. Focusing on solid waste management, the workshop was ...

Biodiversity Assessment
IGM14 decided to develop a project on assessment of the current status of marine and coastal biodiversity in the region, covering the threats, pressures, impacts and trends at the ecosystem, community, habitat and key species level...

Vacancy at YSLME Project Management Office
NOWPAP partner, YSLME, is looking for a programme officer for marine environmental management...


The Action Plan for the Protection, Management and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Northwest Pacific Region (NOWPAP) was adopted in September 1994 as a part of the Regional Seas Programme of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Implementation of NOWPAP contributes to the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (GPA) in the Northwest Pacific region.

The Northwest Pacific region features coastal and island ecosystems with spectacular marine life and commercially important fishing resources. The region is also one of the most densely populated parts of the world, resulting in enormous pressures and demands on the environment.

The overall goal of the Northwest Pacific Action Plan is ¡°the wise use, development and management of the marine and coastal environment so as to obtain the utmost long-term benefits for the human populations of the region, while securing the region's sustainability for future generations¡±.

The geographical scope of NOWPAP covers the marine environment and coastal zones from about 121 degree E to 143 degree E longitude, and from approximately 33 degree N to 52 degree N latitude.

To learn more about NOWPAP activities, please check Projects and Regional Activity Centres.

2010 NOWPAP International Coastal Cleanup and Workshop on Marine Litter Management