Working with regional seas

The Regional Seas Programme implements a lot of UN Environment’s marine-related policies. It addresses the accelerating degradation of the world’s oceans and coastal areas by engaging neighbouring countries in comprehensive and specific actions to protect their common marine environment. Of the 18 Regional Seas programmes, seven are hosted by UN Environment.

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Protecting endangered marine life in the Northwest Pacific region

Beijing, June 2018 – An assessment by the United Nations marine and coastal conservation programme for the Northwest Pacific region shows that the survival of numerous marine species in People’s Republic of China, Japan…

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The international community has over the past decade become increasingly concerned about many issues involving oceans. Learn more

Action plans

The Action Plan is based on the region's particular environmental concerns and challenges as well as its socio-economic and political situation. Learn more


Past events include World Environment Day, June 5 and World Oceans Day, June 8. Learn more Upcoming events include the Regional Seas annual meeting, held in Croatia at the end of September 2018.