The South Asia Co-operative Environment Programme (SACEP) is supporting countries to protect coastal and marine ecosystems and build regional resilience
11 May 2017 - SACEP has registered its commitment to The Ocean Conference to build the capacity of its member countries to prepare policies to implement SDG 14. This commitment is focused on SDG targets 14.1 to reduce marine pollution and 14.2 to sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience by 2020.
Based in Sri Lanka, the South Asia Co-operative Environment Programme (SACEP) is an inter-governmental Organization, established in 1982 by Governments of the eight South Asian countries to promote and support protection, management and enhancement of the environment in the region. Countries, namely; Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have ratified the articles of Association of SACEP. SACEP is also the Secretariat for the South Asian Seas Programme (SASP), one of UN Environment's 18 Regional Seas Programmes.
Their approach includes: a scoping study of nutrient pollution on the coastal and marine systems of South Asia; developing a Regional Oil and Chemical Spill Contingency Plan for the South Asian seas region; developing a Marine and Coastal Biodiversity Strategy for the region and a Regional Strategy and task force to address Ballast Water Management in the region by 2019.
Read more about SACEP's commitment in the Commitment Registry: https://oceanconference.un.org/commitments/?id=15445
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