• Marine litter and the GPA feature at the G7 Summit

    UNEP’s Executive Director’s, Achim Steiner has expressed his satisfaction with the Communiqué from the G7 Summit and the extent to which it highlighted UNEP’s work. Of note was the focus placed on marine litter and the GPA. Read More

  • Plastics in Cosmetics: Are we polluting the environment with our personal care products?

    More than 299 million tonnes of plastic was produced worldwide in 2013 some of which made its way to our oceans, costing approximately US$13 billion per year in environmental damage to marine ecosystems. Read More

  • WaterLex and UNEP to Launch New Report at 2015 World Water Week

    The 120-page e-book details good practices in wastewater regulation around the world. Read More

  • Enrol in our Massive Open Online Course on Marine Litter

    The course will teach students through action oriented learning how they can apply successful and inspiring activities to their own local context, regardless of their profession or location.   Read More

  • The GPA 20th Anniversary - Message from the GPA Coordinator

    The Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (or GPA) celebrates its 20th Anniversary today, November 3, 2015.   Read More


The Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (GPA) is the only global intergovernmental mechanism directly addressing the connectivity between terrestrial, freshwater, coastal and marine ecosystems.

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Two Minutes on Oceans w/ Jim Toomey: Wastewater

This video highlights the challenges and opportunities associated with wastewater management.

Preventing Our Oceans from Becoming Dumps

This video introduces the issue of marine litter and the role that the GPML can play in solving the problem


Jack Johnson Pledges and Sings for World Environment Day

Jack Johnson makes his pledge for World Environment Day and sings "Single Use Plastic Is Not So Fantastic"




ISWA Congress

The International Solid Waste Association Congress will be held from 07 to 10 September in Antwerpen, Belgium.

Phosphorus Task Team Meeting

The inaugural meeting will happen in Edinburgh, Scotland on the 15th and 16th September, at the Center For Ecology and Hydrology.

International Coastal Cleanup Campaign

The 2015 NOWPAP ICC campaign will be held on 24-25 September 2015 in Yantai, China.

Our Oceans Conference

Chile will host the next Our Ocean Conference in Valparaiso on October 5-6. The GPA coordinator will attend.

Annual Regional Seas Meeting

The Annual Regional Seas Meeting will be held in Istanbul, Turkey.

Technical and Policy Workshop on Sustainable Nutrient Management

The event will be hosted in parallel to the East Asia Seas Congress, in Danang, Vietnam.


  • 90 per cent of wastewater produced daily in developing countries is discharged untreated in water ways,
    threatening the health of local communities and damaging the environment


  • Marine litter is the largest downstream cost of plastic pollution, plastic waste causes damage
    of US$ 13 Billion to marine ecosystem each year and this figure is largely a significant underestimate.


  • Nutrient runoff causes costal euthrophication zones of severely reduced dissolved oxygen
    and depleted aquatic life also known as "dead zones". Over 400 dead zones
    have been identified in costal areas.