UNEP Regional Seas Programme is a global programme managed from UNEP Headquarters. Seven of the individual Regional Seas Programmes are directly administered by UNEP-Regional Seas Programme meaning that UNEP has been given responsibility for secretariat functions, usually through a Regional Coordinating Unit established in the region.

For these Regional Seas programmes, UNEP/RSP is also accountable for administering the Trust Funds and provides financial and budgetary services, as well as provides technical backstopping and advice, and hence is more closely and directly involved in all their projects and activities.

The UNEP-administered Regional Seas Programmes are: