The overall objective of the South Asian Seas Action Plan (SASAP) is to protect and manage the marine environment and related coastal ecosystems of the region in an environmentally sound and sustainable manner. The specific objectives are:
- Establish and enhance consultations and technical co-operation among states within the region
- Highlight the economic and social importance of the resources of the marine and coastal environment
- Establish a regional co-operative network of activities concerning subjects/projects of mutual interest for the whole region.