Contributions of regional seas conventions and action plans to a healthy ocean

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The report, Contributions of Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans to a Healthy Ocean, draws on a series of case studies that examine the cumulative impact of these conventions and policies over the past 45 years. Through a robust body of evidence, the UN-led Regional Seas Programme convenes and coordinates countries and institutions, and undertakes ecosystem-based planning and management to progress towards a healthy ocean and healthy people.

The Regional Seas Programme aims to bring all relevant stakeholders together to address the accelerating degradation of the world’s oceans and coastal areas through a “shared seas” approach; since its establishment in 1974, 146 countries have joined 18 Regional Seas. Through cultivating joint scientific research, policy development, and implementation, this network of regional policies has become one of the cornerstones of the protection, conservation, and restoration of marine and coastal environments. 

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) & the United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), 2022. Contributions of Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans to a Healthy Ocean. United Nations Environment Programme, Nairobi. Report.

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