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 coastal and marine environment so
as to obtain the utmost long-term benefits for the human populations of
the region, while protecting human health, ecological integrity and the
regionfs 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.