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The following priority activities were identified by the member states of the Northwest Pacific Action Plan (NOWPAP) immediately after its establishment in 1994. These activities either have been completed or are being carried out by NOWPAP Regional Activity Centres (RACs):

    Establishment of a Comprehensive Database and Information Management System (DINRAC);

    Survey of National Environmental Legislation, Objectives, Strategies and Policies;

    Establishment of a collaborative, regional monitoring programme (CEARAC and POMRAC);

    Development of Effective Measures for Regional Cooperation in Marine Pollution Preparedness and Response (MERRAC);

    Establishment of Regional Activity Centres and Their Networks.


After the establishment of four RACs and their networks in 2000-2002, the RACs and Regional Coordinating Unit (RCU) have carried out numerous activities; most of the outputs are listed here:

    Regional Overview of Persistent Toxic Substances (PTS) in the NOWPAP Region (2014);

   Second State of Marine Environment Report (SOMER-2) for the NOWPAP Region (2014);

    Promotion of Best Practices for Minimizing Marine Litter in Fisheries, Aquaculture and Shipping (2014)

     Atlas of Marine Invasive Species (2014);

    Measures and Best Practices for Prevention of Marine Litter Input from Land-Based Sources (2013);

    Negative Impacts of Marine Litter (2013);

    Marine Spatial Planning and Ecosystem-Based Management (2013);

    NOWPAP/PICES Joint Training Course on Remote Sensing Data Analysis (2013) and previous three training courses in 2007, 2008 and 2011;

    Port Reception Facilities in the NOWPAP region (2012);

    Hazardous and Noxious Substances (HNS) Preparedness and Response (2012);

    Eutrophication Assessment in Selected Sea Areas (2011);

    River and Direct Inputs of Contaminants to the Marine and Coastal Environment (2011) and the previous version (2009);

    Global Outlook on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity - NOWPAP (2010);

    Threats to Marine and Coastal Biodiversity in the NOWPAP Region (2010);

    Legal Aspects Related to NOWPAP Regional Action Plan on Marine Litter (2010);

   Integrated Coastal Zone and River Basin Management (ICARM) (2010);

    NOWPAP Regional Oil and HNS Spill Contingency Plan (2009);

    NOWPAP Regional Action Plan on Marine Litter (RAP MALI) (2008);

    Countermeasures against HABs in the NOWPAP Region (2007);

    Atmospheric Deposition of Contaminants to the Marine and Coastal Environment (2007);

    Guidelines on Eutrophication Monitoring using Remote Sensing (2007);

    Marine Biodiversity Data and Information (2007);

    Marine and Coastal Nature Reserves (2007);

    State of Marine Environment Report (SOMER) (2007);

    Remote Sensing Applications for Marine Environment Monitoring (2005);

    Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) (2005);

    Shoreline Clean-up, Sensitivity Mapping and Dispersant Applications (2005);


Several databases (including meta-database and bibliographical database) have been developed and are available online:

    Marine Environmental Data;

    Contaminants and Nutrients in the Coastal and Marine Environment;

    Marine Protected Areas (MPAs);

    Oil Spill Accidents;

    HNS Spill Accidents;

    Atmospheric Deposition of Contaminants and River and Direct Inputs of Contaminants into the Marine and Coastal Environment;

    Integrated Coastal and River Basin Management (ICARM);

    Coastal and Marine Environmental Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) Applications;

    Experts Specialized in the Coastal and Marine Research and Management in the NOWPAP Region;

    Institutions Specialized in the Coastal and Marine Research and Management in the NOWPAP Region;

    Environmental Protection Laws in the NOWPAP member states;

    Monitoring Results on Marine Litter;

    Environmental Standards in the NOWPAP member states.