About UNEP Regional Seas Programme

The Programme aims to address the accelerating degradation of the world’s oceans and coastal areas through a “shared seas” approach – namely, by engaging neighbouring countries in comprehensive and specific actions to protect their common marine environment.

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Coastal Zone Management

Some 37 per cent of the world's population lives within 100 km of the coast, at a population density twice the global average. Heavy population pressure on the coasts is causing more and more of the natural environment to be paved over or converted into ports, tourist beaches, and new communities.

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18th Global Meeting of the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans

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Key Areas

Marine Litter Combating Marine Litter

Marine litter is any persistent, manufactured or processed solid material discarded, disposed of or abandoned in the marine and coastal environment. Marine litter consists of items that have been made or used by people and deliberately discarded into the sea or river... Read More

Coral Reefs Building National Capacity to protecting coral reefs

Coral reefs are well known as some of the most beautiful, biologically diverse and delicate ecosystems in the world. They are also vital to maintaining food supply and protecting the shoreline of low-lying island nations.

Nevertheless, UNEP estimates that abou... Read More

Land-based Pollution Keeping pesticides and heavy metals out of our food supply

Municipal, industrial and agricultural wastes and run-off account for as much as 80 per cent of all marine pollution. Sewage and waste water, persistent organic pollutants (including pesticides), heavy metals, oils, nutrients and sediments - whether brought by rivers... Read More

Coastal Zone Management Protecting fragile coastal ecosystems

Some 37 per cent of the world's population lives within 100 km of the coast, at a population density twice the global average. Heavy population pressure on the coasts is causing more and more of the natural environment to be paved over or converted into ports, touris... Read More

Small Island Developing States Defending the World's Small Island developing states

The UN General Assembly has declared 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

SIDS are culturally and biologically unique and, due to their size and relative isolation, economically, environmentally and socially vulnerable to sh... Read More

Conservation of Biodiversity in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ) Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction

Five Regional Seas Conventions currently include Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) under their geographical coverages: OSPAR Convention, Noumea Conventrion, CCAMLR Convention, Barcelona Convention, and Lima Convention.

 

Publications

OCEAN ENERGY POTENTIAL OF THE WEST AFRICAN REGION

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Protecting Out Coast Line and Water (Coming soon)

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Regional Oceans Governance - Making Regional Seas Programmes, Regional Fishery Bodies and Large Marine Ecosystem Mechanisms Work Better Together

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Information Paper on the process of Forming a Cooperative Mechanism Between NEAFC and OSPAR - From the First Contact to a Formal Collective Arrangement

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Blue Economy Sharing Success Stories to Inspire Change

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Measuring Success Indicators for Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans

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Upcoming Events/Meetings

This workshop will be held with the following objectives:

  1. To share lessons learnt and experiences on core elements that  enable area-based management, policy interactions and institutional arrangements relevant to the implementation of Ocean-related SDGs at national and regional level...
Friday, September 30, 2016 - Saturday, October 1, 2016

18th Global Meeting of the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans

Monday, November 9, 2015 - Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The UNEP- European Commission Workshop on Regional Ocean Governance

Friday, October 23, 2015 - Friday, October 23, 2015

The First Meeting of the Regional Seas Indicators Working Group

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - Thursday, October 22, 2015

17th Global Meeting of the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans

Monday, October 19, 2015 - Monday, October 19, 2015

The First Meeting of the African Ocean Governance Strategy

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - Thursday, November 6, 2014

Joint UNEP-FAO- Norway Meeting

UNEP, FAO and Norway Government held a meeting to discuss on “Securing the Foundations for Fish Food Security in a Changing Ocean in West, Central and Southern Africa” intended to contribute to Productive and Sustainable Oceans in Africa. The workshop brought together key stakeholders, Government...

Monday, October 1, 2012 - Wednesday, October 3, 2012

14th Global Meeting of the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans