This report is designed to assist environmental managers and decision-makers understand the current status of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) in the NOWPAP region.
This document provides an overview of Ecological Quality Objectives (EcoQOs) in the NOWPAP region, beginning with a history of NOWPAPs approach to EcoQOs and their relevance to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), followed by examples of similar approaches in other Regional Seas programmes and the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) of the EU. The document then moves into a description of national approaches by NOWPAP member states to the suggested five NOWPAP EcoQOs, while also highlighting differences in natural and socio–economic conditions, and an analysis of how the suggested EcoQOs could be used in NOWPAP member states. The final section provides recommendations moving forward, in regards to the NOWPAP EcoQOs.
The overall goal of this regional overview is to provide NOWPAP member states with a synthesis report on a group of chemicals with potential adverse effects to the environment, i.e. persistent toxic substances (PTS). The report covers their sources, transport, environmental levels, potential health risks to humans and environment, management and research activities as well as the gaps on available information and management systems. Particular emphasis has been paid to the possible ecotoxicological effects of PTS in the marine environment of the region.
The first part of this report provides a synthesis of experiences and lessons learned in integrated coastal and river basin management (ICARM) among the four countries in the NOWPAP region, and the second part serves as a guidebook designed to assist member states in applying efficient ICARM methodologies and best practices including coastal area and river basin planning (landscape, urban and marine spatial).
This report synthesizes information on environmental problems - status and trends - related to existing and changing natural and socio-economic conditions in the NOWPAP region.
This document summarizes current conditions with regards to pollution loads being discharged into rivers or directly into marine and coastal environments in the NOWPAP region.
This document summarizes current conditions with regards to atmospheric contaminants being discharged into marine and coastal environments in the NOWPAP region.
This report attempts to provide a comprehensive understanding of the current situation of oiled wildlife response in the NOWPAP region, and identify future activities to be taken at the national and/or
regional levels, by summarizing relevant information and data on oiled wildlife response, with the aim of increasing public awareness and capacity to respond more effectively to incidences of oiled wildlife.
The aim of these guidelines are to harmonize and unify the process of preparing and conducting exercises - based on the experience of NOWPAP competent national authorities that have participated in the NOWPAP DELTA Exercise - as well as help improve oil spill response capacity and management of equipment of participating countries during the exercise.
This publication aims to gather information on the distribution of floating marine litter in the NOWPAP region. The main objective is to understand the current status of floating marine litter in order to identify prospects for effective management and to find solutions to the problem via an analysis of marine litter distribution by amounts, types and sources (origins) and also by mapping hotspots in the NOWPAP region.