GPA Protection of Marine Environment

GPA Marine photo

General introduction
Estimates show that almost 50 per cent of the world's coasts are threatened by development-related activities. The intense pressures put on the coastal systems require serious commitment and preventive action at all levels: local, national, regional and global. In response to these major problems, 108 governments and the European Commission declared their commitment to protect and preserve the marine environment from the adverse environmental impacts of land-based activities.

The Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities and the Washington Declaration was adopted in 1995 and the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) was tasked to lead the coordination effort and to establish a Global Programme of Action (GPA) Coordination Office. The comprehensive, multi-sectoral approach of the GPA also reflects the desire of Governments to strengthen the collaboration and coordination of all agencies with mandates relevant to the impact of land-based activities on the marine environment, through their participation in a global programme. The GPA is designed to be a source of conceptual and practical guidance to be drawn upon by national and/or regional authorities for devising and implementing sustained action to prevent, reduce, control and/or eliminate marine degradation from land-based activities.

Number of staff
Approximately 20

Who's who?
David Osborn, Coordinator, GPA-Marine
Mr. Anjan Datta - Programme Officer

Contact information
Postal address
GPA Coordination Office
United Nations Environment Programme
P.O. Box 16227
2500 BE The Hague

Visiting Address
Kortenaerkade 1
2518 AX The Hague

Tel: +31-(0)-70-3114460
Fax: +31-(0)70-3456648

Email: gpa@unep.nl
Website: Global Programme of Action for the Protection of Marine Environment

Languages
English, French and Spanish