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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...

NOWPAP promotion

On 8 November 2015, NOWPAP set up a booth at Toyama International Festival introducing NOWPAP activitis to the visitors.   Joning other organzitions...

20th NOWPAP IGM held in Beijing

The 20th NOWPAP Intergovernmental Meeting (IGM) was held on 28-30 October 2015 in Beijing, China...

NOWPAP at 2015 PICES annual meeting

To follow up the recommendations from a meeting of the joint NOWPAP PICES study group in 2014 in Yeosu, Korea...

NOWPAP at a Global Meeting of Regional Seas

NOWPAP Coordinator attended the 17th Global Meeting of Regional Seas (GMRS) held in Istanbul, Turkey, on 20-22 October 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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