The NOWPAP activities related to marine litter have been
initiated since November 2005 when the project proposal was approved at the
Tenth NOWPAP Intergovernmental Meeting. The first phase, called Marine Litter
Activity (MALITA), was completed by the end of 2007. The overall objective
of the MALITA project was to develop a NOWPAP Regional Action Plan on Marine
Litter (RAP MALI) in order to promote the environmental protection and sustainable
development of the NOWPAP region. The second phase of NOWPAP marine litter
activities is the implementation of NOWPAP RAP MALI which started in March
2008. Some activities carried out during the MALITA project continue during
the RAP MALI implementation.
The MALITA consisted of several components such as collection
and review of existing data and information on marine litter, including legal
aspects; organization of regional meetings and workshops to share such information
as well as to build common understanding of the marine litter issue; development
and implementation of a long-term monitoring programme; development of sectoral
guidelines for the management of marine litter focusing on fishing, shipping
and tourism; and raising public awareness, including education campaigns,
as well as approach to the civil society, including private sector, NGOs
and the general public.
The MALITA has been successfully implemented under the
overall responsibility of the NOWPAP Regional Coordinating Unit (RCU) in
close cooperation with the UNEP Regional Seas Programme, the four NOWPAP
Regional Activity Centres and the member states.