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UNEP's Regional Activities

Although each region has its own regional specificities the main activities and outputs of a standard agreement with the relevant regional organisation are:

  • Preparation of the review document on marine litter in the region
  • Preparation of proposals for national and regional monitoring and evaluation programmes
  • Organization of a regional meeting of national authorities and experts on Marine Litter.
  • A Report of the Regional Meeting will provide an assessment of the regional situation and will discuss the products of activities (a) and (b).
  • Mobilization of the countries in the region to participate in a Regional Cleanup Day, within the framework of the International Coastal Cleanup Campaign.
  • A Report on the participation of countries of the region in the Regional Beach Cleanup Day, in which the countries will participate, within the framework of the International Coastal Cleanup Campaign to promote awareness and education campaigns.
  • Based on the products of activities (a) to (d) preparation of a “Regional Plan of Action on the Sustainable Management of Marine Litter in the Region".

The “Regional Action Plan on the Sustainable Management of Marine Litter in the Region" should include the following elements:

Initiation of the Global Activity on Marine Litter based on selected pilot regions

  • Programme of enhancement of national/regional legal and administrative instruments; national/regional programmes and initiatives; and national/regional institutional arrangements;
  • Programme of implementation of regional and national monitoring programmes including suggested methodologies;
  • Development of regional and national strategies on integrated management of marine litter;

Building ownerships and partnerships

  • Recommended programmes of cooperation with the civil society (private sector, NGOs and the scientific community). Programmes to develop partnerships, voluntary agreements and cooperation with major stakeholders (e.g., shipping industry, tourism industry, fisheries, manufacturers of plastics, waste managers/services, local authorities, municipalities and communities, NGOs and general public);

Information and outreach

  • Development of campaigns and/or permanent services for the cleaning and collecting of solid wastes that pollute coastal and marine areas; demonstrations through awareness-raising campaigns in selected destinations and with selected stakeholders;
  • Participation, of the countries of the region in annual International Coastal Cleanup Campaigns;
  • Development of 'responsible citizenship' guidelines for different sectors and target audiences, in particular: children and students, tourists, municipal authorities and local communities, shipping companies, ship and smaller vessels crews, commercial and recreation fishing vessels, and other identified target groups;
  • Public awareness and education campaigns through the preparation of brochures in various languages, the use of the media, etc.;

Sectoral activities

  • Development of professional sectoral guidelines for the wise management of marine litter;
  • Assessment and recommendations on  the implementation of the Annex V of the MARPOL Convention;
  • Assessment and recommendations on  the implementation of the “Code of Conduct for the Responsible Fisheries” of FAO including addressing the issue of abandoned fishing gear in the region;
  • Plans for the improvement of port reception facilities and services for garbage collection from the shipping and fishing industries;
  • Development and improvement of waste management policies and systems;


  • Identification and approach to potential regional and international partners and funding sources (including Governments) for various components and activities of the Regional Activity on Marine Litter in the region; and
  • Development of strategies and approaches for funding high cost initiatives, including approaches to the World Bank, Regional Investment Bank, Global Environment Facility (GEF) and other international financing institutions.