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The Regional Seas Programme aims to address the accelerating degradation of the world’s oceans and coastal areas. It promotes the sustainable management and use of the marine and coastal ecosystems. The programme engages neighbouring countries in comprehensive and specific actions to protect their shared marine environment.
UNEP provides secretariats for six of the eighteen Regional Seas Programmes (see list at back of this brochure). The secretariats are responsible for coordinating the activities of members States, in cooperation with the civil society and development partners.