Northwest Pacific Regional Node of the Global Partnership on Marine Litter
was established with support by Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (GPA) by the Northwest Pacific Environmrntal Cooperation Center (NPEC) and Regional Coordinating Unit of the Northwest Pacific Action Plan (NOWPAP).
- a. To enhance awareness of marine litter prevention actions at the national, local and grass-root levels.
- b. To strengthen exchange information on best practices and measures for prevention of marine litter input among the NOWPAP member states and beyond through Global Partnership on Marine Litter (GPML*).
- c. To enhance knowledge of GPML among local governments, NGOs/NPOs and local people in NOWPAP countries.
*GPML: Under the GPA, land-based marine litter has been highlighted in the "Manila Declaration" (Third Intergovernmental Review of the GPA in January 2012) as a priority source category for 2012-2016 giving UNEP a strong mandate to continue its work on this issue over the next 5 years.
Representatives of 64 Governments and the European Commission emphasized the relevance of the Honolulu Commitment endorsed at the Fifth International Marine Debris Conference,
and the Honolulu Strategy - a global framework for prevention and management of marine debris (in English)
The Manila Declaration also recommended the establishment of a GPML which was launched 18 June 2012. UNEP is developing it further in collaboration with relevant partners and is functioning as the Secretariat of the GPML.