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NOWPAP at 10th Intergovernmental Session of IOC WESTPAC
A NOWPAP representative participated in the 10th Intergovernmental Session of UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission’s Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (IOC WESTPAC)...

NOWPAP Regional Coordinating Unit restructured
At the second NOWPAP Extraordinary Intergovernmental Meeting (2nd EO IGM) held on 1-2 April 2015 in Seoul (Korea), member states decided to downgrade two posts in the NOWPAP Regional Coordinating Unit (RCU)...

Preparation of 2nd extraordinary IGM
As decided by the member states at the 19th NOWPAP IGM held in October 2014, the 2nd Extraordinary Intergovernmental Meeting (EO IGM) will take place on 1-2 April 2015 in Seoul, Republic of Korea...

NOWPAP adopted its financial rules and procedures
Agreed upon by the member states at the 19th NOWPAP IGM, the financial rules and procedures for the NOWPAP funds have become effective since 1 January 2015...


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 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.

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