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The NOWPAP Regional Action Plan on Marine Litter (RAP MALI) has been implemented since March 2008 right after the approval by the
four member states, as a major outcome of the two-year project called the
NOWPAP Marine Litter Activity (MALITA) carried out from November 2005 to
the end of 2007. RAP MALI is the second phase of NOWPAP marine litter activities
and consists of three key elements:
- prevention of marine litter input to the marine and coastal environment;
- monitoring of marine litter quantities and distribution; and
- removal of existing marine litter and its disposal.
In the NOWPAP region, marine litter issues will be continuously addressed through RAP MALI as a part of the NOWPAP programme of work, together with other environmental issues such as oil spills and harmful algal blooms. Most of the RAP MALI activities are being implemented at the national level, in cooperation with local governments and authorities in the NOWPAP countries.
A brief summary of the activities carried out in
2014-2015, 2012-2013, 2010-2011 and 2008-2009 biennia is presented below.
The following activities have been carried out in
A report on Marine Litter Management within a
River Basin was compiled and published in 2015. This
report features a case study of Oyabe River Basin
(Toyama Prefecture, Japan) in which the issue of marine
litter has been addressed by multi-stakeholder approach.
A report on Best Practices in
dealing with Marine Litter in Fisheries, Aquaculture and
Shipping Sectors in the NOWPAP region has been also
complied and published.
The 2015 NOWPAP International
Coastal Cleanup (ICC) and
workshop on marine litter
management were held on 24-25 September 2015 in Yantai,
workshop was organized as a joint event of NOWPAP and
TEMM (Tripartite Environment Ministers Meeting among
China, Korea and Japan).
Participants who attended the workshop were
NOWPAP marine litter focal points, ICC coordinators,
representatives of NOWPAP Regional Activity Centres,
NOWPAP partners (Ocean Conservancy and COBSEA), research
institutions and environmental NGOs.
At the same time a working meeting was held to
review the implementation of NOWPAP RAP MALI work plan
With GPA financial support, the
Northwest Pacific Regional Node of GPML was
established in 2014.
2014 NOWPAP ICC and
Workshop on Marine Litter Management were organized
on 25-26 September 2014 in Boryeong, Korea.
NOWPAP Marine Litter Focal Points,
representatives of national and local governments of the
NOWPAP member states, NOWPAP partners (GPA, PEMSEA and
GESAMP), universities, academic institutes and
environmental NGOs participated in the event.
Marine litter database was updated
using the results of the national monitoring programmes
and ICC campaigns for 2013.
The following activities have been carried out in 2012-2013:
Marine litter database was updated using the results of the national monitoring programmes and ICC campaigns for 2012.
2013 NOWPAP International Coastal Cleanup Campaign and
Workshop on Marine Litter Management were organized on 24-26 October 2013 in Okinawa, Japan
proceedings). At the same time a working meeting was held to review the implementation of NOWPAP RAP MALI workplan for 2012-2013 and discuss the activities for 2014-2015.
Three projects sponsored by the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (GPA) have been implemented in 2013:
A case study on negative impacts of marine litter in the NOWPAP region
has been completed with a report published (http://merrac.nowpap.org/ >> Publications >> Technical reports >> Negative impacts).:
report on measures and best practices for prevention of
marine litter input from land-based sources in the
NOWPAP region has been finalized as well (http://cearac.nowpap.org/
>> Publications >> Marine Litter).
International Coastal Cleanup Campaign and Workshop on
Marine Litter Management were held on 17-18 July 2012 in
Vladivostok, Russia, back-to-back with working meeting
to review and discuss the implementation of the
activities listed in NOWPAP RAP MALI workplan for
2010-2011 and 2012-2013.
The report on
Port Reception Facilities in the NOWPAP Region (2nd
edition) was prepared and distributed. (http://merrac.nowpap.org/
In 2010-2011, the following activities were carried out:
2011 NOWPAP International Coastal Cleanup Campaign and Workshop on Marine Litter Management were organized on 20-21 September 2011 in Lianyungang, China.
Two NOWPAP ICC campaigns were held in 2010: 1-2 October 2010 in Jeju, Republic of Korea and 26-27 March 2010 in Hirado, Japan, including working meetings to discuss NOWPAP RAP MALI workplan and budget for 2010-2011.
Countries have been continuously monitoring marine litter quantities and
distribution, and the monitoring results (including the International Coastal
Cleanup data) are available.
During this period, the following overviews have been updated and distributed (based on the national inputs).
Marine litter guidelines for tourists and tour operators
updated, and various
pamphlets on marine litter have been prepared:
According to the
RAP MALI, the following activities have been carried out
during the MALITA implementation were translated into
the national languages of the NOWPAP member states, in
cooperation with the
Regional Activity Centers and the Marine Litter National
Focal Points, and distributed as widely as possible.
Two NOWPAP ICC
campaigns were organized in September 2008 in Dalian,
People’s Republic of China and in Vladivostok, Russian
Federation, respectively, in addition to the annual
national International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) campaigns
held in Japan and the Republic of Korea.
on marine litter were held in September 2008 in China
and Russia, respectively. Prior to the NOWPAP ICC
campaign in Dalian, China, a workshop on marine litter
prevention and control was organized on 12 September
2008 with financial support from the government of
China. Similarly, in Russia, a training workshop was
organized on 26 September 2008 in Vladivostok with
financial support from the government of Japan, to
illustrate how to organize the annual ICC campaigns,
including data collection ad management.
meeting was conveyed, back-to-back with the training
workshop and the ICC campaign, on 28 September 2009 in
Vladivostok, Russia, to discuss the current progress on
the implementation of RAP MALI and future activities.
litter database developed during the MALITA project by
DINRAC was updated using the results of the national
marine litter monitoring programmes and the ICC
campaigns of the member states.
summaries (prepared initially during the MALITA
implementation) on legal instruments, institutional
arrangements and programmes related to marine litter,
including solid waste management, integrated coastal and
river basin management, and market-based economic
incentives were updated and compiled into a regional
technical reports and brochures were published by MERRAC
and CEARAC, some information can be found at the
Information on national activities dealing with the marine litter problem was reviewed periodically and posted at the NOWPAP website.