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ACTION PLAN

The Action Plan for the South Asian Regional Seas Programme was formally adopted at a Meeting of Plenipotentiaries of the concerned countries held in New Delhi, on March 24th 1995.

The Action Plan of the South Asian Seas Programme approved at the Meeting of Plenipotentiaries has certain important elements, which will assist the member countries in protecting the marine environment of the region.

The table highlights the chronology of South Asian Seas Action Plan development and adoption.

Event Year & Place Major Activities/Initiatives
First National Focal Points Meeting for the Development of an Action Plan March 1984 Bangkok The identification of the geographical scope and 8 priority areas of regional concerns. The recommendation of preparation of country and regional report/s.
A Meeting of Experts of the SAS Region December 1986 Bangkok The review of the Country Reports, the draft Regional Report and the draft Action Plan.
Second National Focal Points Meeting for the Development of an Action Plan December 1987 Bangkok Agreement reached for the setting up of a Trust Fund to support the implementation of the Action Plan, and SACEP entrusted with the task of its management
Meeting of Legal and Technical Experts February 1990 Bangkok The review and revision of the draft umbrella Convention and 3 draft Protocols prepared by UNEP in connection with and as the legal framework of the SASAP
ESCAP/UNEP/SACEP Workshop on Management Strategies for the Protection of the Coastal and Marine Environment of the SAS Region. December 1993 Colombo An overview of the coastal environment of the South Asian Seas Region was presented at the meeting. A thorough assessment of capacity-building requirements in the region was carried out and recommendations were formulated to address the issues.
ESCAP/UNEP/SACEP Intergovernmental Meeting on Capacity Building in Coastal and Marine Environment in SAS region May 1994
New Delhi
Endorsement of the 4 priority activities of the Action Plan, as priority elements for environmentally sound coastal zone management in the region in accordance with Chapter 17 of Agenda 21
Third National Focal Points Meeting for the Development of the Action Plan November 1994 Colombo The member states came to an agreement on the institutional arrangements for the implementation of the Action Plan
Fourth National Focal Points meeting for the Development of the Action Plan March 1995
New Delhi
The revision and finalization of the South Asian Seas Action Plan to be adopted by the Plenipotentiaries
Meeting of Plenipotentiaries of the Member States March 1995
New Delhi
04 Member States formally adopted the Action Plan for the South Asian Seas Programme
The South Asian Seas Action Plan came into force in January 1997, when the Government of Bangladesh ratified the Final Act

The Action Plan in addition to specifying the needs under the main components of Environmental Assessment, Environmental Management, Environmental Legislation & Institutional and Financial Arrangements, identified the areas where priority activities need to be developed for implementation under the Action Plan. These priority activities are in four specific areas.

The Four Areas are:

1. Integrated Coastal Zone Management,
2. Development and Implementation of National and Regional Oil Spill Contingency Planning
3. Human Resources Development through Strengthening Regional Centres of Excellence
4. Protection of the Marine Environment from Land Based Sources of Marine Pollution

Resolutions adopted at Plenipotentiaries Meeting

The Meeting of Plenipotentiaries also adopted three resolutions in respect of the implementation, Institutional Arrangements and Financial Arrangements and the Final Act of the South Asian Seas Action Plan.

SACEP is the Secretariat for the implementation of the Action Plan in respect for the South Asian Seas programme. A Trust Fund has also been established for the maintenance of the Secretariat.