Addressing land-based pollution

In Oceans & seas

Roughly 80 per cent of marine pollution originates on land. To address this, strong coordinated action is needed. UN Environment contributes to this by hosting the secretariat for the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities. Since 2012, the work of the secretariat has been focused on establishing and strengthening voluntary multi stakeholder partnerships on nutrient pollution, marine litter and wastewater.

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In Oceans & seas

Our areas of work

The GPA programme is focusing its efforts on three source categories: marine litter, wastewater and nutrient management. In order to address these three issues, three global multi-stakeholder partnerships have been launched.

Governance

The Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (GPA) was adopted by 108 Governments and the European Commission at an intergovernmental conference convened for this purpose in Washington, D.C., United States of America, in 1995. Learn more

Contact us

GPA Secretariat
Freshwater and Marine Ecosystem Branch
Ecosystems Divsion
United Nations Environment Programme
United Nations Avenue, Gigiri
P.O. Box 30552, 00100
Nairobi, Kenya 
E-mail: gpa[at]unep.org