The Action Plan for the Protection, Management and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Northwest Pacific Region (NOWPAP) is the regional intergovernmental mechanism established in 1994 by the governments of Japan, Peoples Republic of China, Republic of Korea and the Russian Federation. Having the overarching goal of supporting "the wise use, development and management of the coastal and marine environment so as to obtain the utmost long-term benefits for the human populations of the region, while protecting human health, ecological integrity and the regions sustainability for future generations", NOWPAP activities contribute to quality of life of societies and support long-term environmental sustainability of the environment within the region and beyond. The geographical scope of NOWPAP covers the marine environment and coastal zones from about 121 degree E to 143 degree E longitude, and from approximately 33 degree N to 52 degree N latitude. NOWPAP is one of the eighteen Regional Seas Programmes of the United Nations Environment Programme. NOWPAP activities are implemented by the four Regional Activity Centers hosted by the four member states - Special Monitoring and Coastal Environment Assessment Regional Activity Centre (CEARAC); Data and Information Network Regional Activity Centre (DINRAC); Marine Environmental Emergency Preparedness and Response Regional Activity Centre (MERRAC), and Pollution Monitoring Regional Activity Centre (POMRAC) and coordinated through the Regional Coordinating Unit with two offices in Japan and Republic of Korea.
NOWPAP has been addressing major five elements of the Action Plan: to assess regional environmental conditions, to collate and record environmental data and information, to develop and adopt a harmonious approach towards coastal and marine environmental planning on an integrated basis, to develop and adopt effective measures for mutual support in emergencies as well as prevent coastal and marine pollution. Among some of the notable achievements over the past twenty years of cooperation under the NOWPAP framework, were adoption and implementation of the two Regional Action Plans: NOWPAP Regional Oil and NHS (Hazardous and Noxious Substances) Spill Contingency Plan (2005) and NOWPAP Regional Action Plan on Marine Litter (2008), establishment of the NOWPAP database and regional information management system, publication of scientific and policy-relevant regional reports on the state of the marine and coastal environment and emerging issues such as marine litter, eutrophication and harmful algal blooms, integrated coastal zone management, and persistent organic pollutants, strengthened capacities of technical experts and policy specialists, and the increased awareness about the state of the marine and coastal environment among different stakeholders in the North Pacific region.
NOWPAP members renew their commitment to strengthen efforts addressing regional challenges of marine environmental protection and sustainable development of the Northwest Pacific. The implementation of the NOWPAP Medium-term Strategy 2018-2023 will contribute to the achievement of ocean-related SDGs in an integrated way, inter alia:
1. Preventing and reducing land- and sea-based sources of pollution (SDGs 12 and 14);
2. Supporting integrated coastal and river basin planning and management based on the ecosystem-based approach (SDGs 11, 13 to 15), and
3. Assessing status of the marine and coastal environment (SDGs 13 to 15, and 17).
Updates to voluntary commitment
The Third State of the Marine Environment Report for the Northwest Pacific
Adoption of the Northwest Pacific Ecological Quality Objectives and associated targets towards good environmental status
Effective implementation of the NOWPAP Regional Oil and Hazardous and Noxious Substances Spill Contingency Plan supported by regular preparedness and response exercises
NOWPAP Medium-term Strategy 2018-2023
Other, please specify
Financial resourses of NOWPAP member states and NOWPAP Trust Fund resources, no estimate available yet
Provided by the NOWPAP Member States and partners in the implementation of the NOWPAP Programme of Work
Staff / Technical expertise
Support as needed/feasible to identify, design, and implement assessments, capacity building mobilized within the NOWPAP structure, involving NOWPAP RCU and national expertise and management support from all NOWPAP Member States