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The 2015 NOWPAP International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) and workshop on marine litter management were held on 24-25 September 2015 in Yantai China...

RCU at a beach cleanup

Staff members of RCU Busan Office, continuing NOWPAP efforts to address marine litter problem, jointed local people on 18 September 2015 in Busan participating...

Toyama Tower 111 turns blue

Contacted and encouraged by NOWPAP RCU, the landmark building of Toyama - Tower 111 - which houses NOWPAP RCU Toyama Office has joined more than two dozen cities around the world for the Turn the World UN Blue Campaign...

NOWPAP RACs preparing for the 2016-2017 biennium

CEARAC and MERRAC organized their Focal Points Meetings in the week of 24-28 August 2015 in Toyama, Japan and Busan, Korea, respectively...


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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