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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Costa Rica expands protected seas and fosters efforts to fight marine pollution on World Oceans Day

Costa Rica, 8 June 2017 - On World Oceans Day, Costa Rica announces a new marine protected area on the country’s Pacific coast, contributing to the global goal of protecting at least 10 per cent of marine zones before…

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Strategy

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

Regional seas programmes

The Regional Seas Programme (RSP) covers 18 regions of the world, making it one of the most globally comprehensive initiatives for the protection of marine and coastal environments. Learn more