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APEC economies move towards a common approach to marine debris management
Busan, Republic of Korea– A meeting of 15 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member economies held here in June 2018 has proposed wide-ranging measures to prevent and manage the growing problem of marine debris that threatens the environmental and economic well-being of the region.

RCU calls on the President of the Republic of Korea’s National Institute of Fisheries Science
On 18 June 2018, Dr. Lev Neretin and Dr. LIU Ning of the NOWPAP Regional Coordinating Unit (RCU) called on Dr. SEO Jang Woo, President of the National Institute of Fisheries Science (NIFS) based in Busan.

NOWPAP RCU explores areas of cooperation with Busan Metropolitan City
On 18 June 2018, Dr. Lev Neretin and Dr. LIU Ning of NOWPAP RCU met with Mr. Song Sam-jong, Director-General, Marine and Fisheries Bureau of Busan Metropolitan City.


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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