UNEP Regional Seas Programme

The UNEP Regional Seas Programme is UNEP’s most important regional mechanism for conservation of the marine and coastal environment since its establishment in 1974. It is an action-oriented programme that implements region-specific activities, bringing together stakeholders including governments, scientific communities and civil societies. These Multilateral Environmental Agreements are governed by their own meetings of the Contracting Parties.

To date, UNEP’s Regional Seas Programme consists of three types of Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans (RSCAPs), across 18 different regions: