Northwest Pacific Action Plan (NOWPAP)

The Northwest Pacific Action Plan was adopted in 1994 by the four Member States, namely the People’s Republic of China, Japan, the Republic of Korea and the Russian Federation as a part of the UNEP Regional Seas Programme.  The Intergovernmental Meeting (IGM) is the high-level governing body of NOWPAP that provides policy guidance and makes decisions.

In order to implement NOWPAP activities, four Regional Activity Centres (RACs) were established between 2000 and 2002 in accordance with the IGM decisions.  NOWPAP implementation is facilitated by the Regional Coordinating Unit (RCU) set up in 2004 and co-hosted by Japan and Republic of Korea in Toyama, and Busan.

NOWPAP is currently implementing the following activities/projects:

  • The establishment of a comprehensive database and information management;
  • Regional Action Plan on Marine Litter;
  • Regional Oil Spill and HNS Contingency Plan;
  • Coastal environmental assessments, including eutrophication, biodiversity, etc.;
  • Integrated coastal and river basin management;
  • State of marine environment reporting;
  • Raising public awareness of the marine, coastal and associated freshwater environment.

Like other regional seas programmes, NOWPAP is also turning its attention to building synergies with international environment conventions and related agreements, such as the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Sources of Pollution (GPA).

The implementation of NOWPAP is financed mainly by contributions from the Members. 

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