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REGIONAL NODES

To promote the development and implementation of the Global Partnership on Marine Litter on a regional basis.

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The Mediterranean became the first region to adopt an Action Plan (MAP) in 1975, just after the creation of the Regional Seas Programme in 1974, and was revised in 1995. Although the MAP’s initial focus was on marine pollution control, it gradually widened from a sectoral approach to pollution control, to integrated coastal zone planning and management as the key tool through which solutions are being sought.

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Northwest Pacific Regional Node of the Global Partnership on Marine Litter was established with the support of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (GPA), the Northwest Pacific Environmrntal Cooperation Center (NPEC) and the Regional Coordinating Unit of the Northwest Pacific Action Plan (NOWPAP).

SPREP is the regional organization established by the Governments and Administrations of the Pacific charged with protecting and managing the environment and natural resources of the Pacific.

The South Asian Seas Action Plan (SASAP) was adopted in March 1995. The South Asia Cooperative Environment Programme (SACEP) is acting as the Action Plan secretariat. South Asian Seas Action Plan (SASAP) focuses on Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM), oil-spill contingency planning, human resource development and the environmental effects of land-based activities.

UN Environment established the Caribbean Environment Programme (CEP) in 1981 as one of its Regional Seas Programmes in recognition of the importance and value of the Wider Caribbean Region’s fragile and vulnerable coastal and marine ecosystems including endemic plants and animals.

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ACTION PLANS

INTERNATIONAL

These action plans are built around set of fundamental principles and series of international actions to prevent harm to the coastal and marine environment.

REGIONAL

These action plans are built around set of fundamental principles and series of regional actions to prevent harm to the coastal and marine environment.

NATIONAL

These action plans are built around set of fundamental principles and series of national actions to prevent harm to the coastal and marine environment.

LOCAL

These action plans are built around set of fundamental principles and series of local actions to prevent harm to the coastal and marine environment.

 

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REPORTS AND PUBLICATIONS

Legal Limits on Single-Use Plastics and Microplastics: A Global Review of National Laws and Regulations

This report provides a global overview on the progress of countries in passing laws and regulations that limit the manufacture, import, s

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Biodegradable Plastics & Marine Litter

The development and use of synthetic polymers, and plastics has conferred widespread benefits on society.

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Mapping of global plastics value chain and plastics losses to the environment: With a particular focus on marine environment

Plastics have become one of the most ubiquitous materials used globally, and global production has on average increased by about 9% per y

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Guidelines for the monitoring and assessment of plastic litter in the ocean

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Exploring the potential for adopting alternative materials to reduce marine plastic litter

Plastics1 are regarded by many as an essential part of our lives, in the 21st Century.

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Marine Litter Legislation: A Toolkit for Policymakers

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Sea change – Global ghost gear initiative

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Plastic in Cosmetics

Plastics have been applied as ingredients in PCCPs for several decades with early patents dating from the 1960’s – today they remain a ho

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Plastics and shallow water coral reefs: synthesis of the science for policy-makers

Hundreds of millions of people and industries worth billions of dollars depend on healthy shallow water reef ecosystems (UN Environment,

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Marine Plastic Debris and Microplastics

Plastic litter in the ocean can be considered a ‘common concern of humankind’.

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Addressing marine plastics: A systemic approach

From cigarette butts and plastic packaging to microfibers arising from artificial textiles, the issue of
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2016 Hawai'i Marine Debris Action Plan

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