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NOWPAP at Senior Officials Meeting of NEASPEC

The NOWPAP Coordinator and an expert of NOWPAP CEARAC participated in the 20th Senior Officials Meeting of the North-East Asian Subregional Programme for Environmental Cooperation (NEASPEC)...

NOWPAP at a symposium on marine litter

Joining about 200 participants from academia, industry, government agencies and NGOs, the NOWPAP Coordinator delivered...

NOWPAP developments

Gearing up for the implementation of the 2016-2017 NOWPAP Programme of Work, all four Regional Activity Centers are preparing...

NOWPAP at partner meetings

Representing NOWPAP as an observer, the NOWPAP coordinator participated in the Sixteenth Session of the IOC/WESTPAC Coordinating Committee for the North-East Asian Regional-Global Ocean Observing System (NEAR-GOOS-CC-XVI) held in Tokyo...

NOWPAP at East Asian Seas Congress 2015

Partnerships in Environmental Management of the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA) organized the 2015 East Asian Seas Congress in Da Nang, Vietnam, on 16-20 November 2015 and NOWPAP participated in...


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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