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Marine Litter artworks exhibition opened in Toyama
An marine litter artworks exhibition started on the 7th of June 2018 at Himi City Beach Botanical Garden, Toyama, Japan.

University students clear litter from Russky Island off Vladivostok on World Environment Day
Russky Island, Russian Federation, June 2018 - Students and teachers of Far Eastern Federal University located on Russky island in Peter the Great Gulf off Vladivostok on the Russian Federation’s Northwest Pacific coast, marked World Environment Day 2018 by removing 200 kg of marine litter from the island.

UN Environment study reveals more endangered species in Northwest Pacific region
Beijing, 08 June 2018 – The number of marine species inhabiting the Northwest Pacific areas of China, Japan, the Korean peninsula and the Russian Federation that are at risk of survival is higher than previously estimated, according to an assessment by a United Nations regional marine and coastal conservation programme.


The Action Plan for the Protection, Management and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Northwest Pacific Region (NOWPAP) was adopted in September 1994 as a part of the Regional Seas Programme of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Implementation of NOWPAP contributes to the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (GPA) in the Northwest Pacific region.

The Northwest Pacific region features coastal and island ecosystems with spectacular marine life and commercially important fishing resources. The region is also one of the most densely populated parts of the world, resulting in enormous pressures and demands on the environment.

The overall goal of the Northwest Pacific Action Plan is "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 region’s sustainability for future generations".

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.

To learn more about NOWPAP activities, please check Projects and Regional Activity Centres.

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