Eastern African Action Plan (EAF)

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History

1985, Nairobi (Kenya), on signature of Convention for the Protection, Management and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Eastern African Region (Nairobi Convention), entered into force 30 May 1996, and its protocols: Protocol Concerning Protected Areas and Wild Fauna and Flora in the Eastern African Region; Protocol Concerning Cooperation in Combating Marine Pollution in Cases of Emergency in the Eastern African Region. Originally referred to as Action Plan for the Protection, Management and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Eastern African Region. Implemented under the authority of the Executive Director of United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), within Regional Seas Programme. Technical coordination originally through UNEP Water Branch, currently through Regional Coordinating Unit (EAF/RCU), Mahé (Seychelles).

Aims

Promote environmentally sound sustainable development and management of marine and coastal systems in the region; establish general policies and objectives and promote appropriate legislation for protection of marine and coastal environment on a national and regional level; prevent pollution of the marine and coastal environment from activities within the states of the region or from operations primarily subject to jurisdiction of extra-regional states; monitor pollutants, their sources, levels and effects; provide for protection and rational development of living resources of the region through preservation of habitats, protection of species and planning and management of human activities affecting them; strengthen and encourage regional collaboration among institutions involved in study of marine and coastal resources and systems; improve training and assistance; stimulate growth of public awareness of the value, interest and vulnerability of the region's marine and coastal environment; assist countries to respond to maritime emergencies or marine pollution incidents which threaten the environment or local people; promote development methods and practices that safeguard environmental quality and utilize resources wisely and on a sustainable basis.

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Activities

Priorities: marine protected areas and coral reefs; coastal management; pollution monitoring; contingency plan to combat oil pollution. Prepares national action plans on request; assesses and evaluates causes, magnitude and consequences of environmental problems.

Structure

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Financing

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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 13 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 2 non-governmental organizations.
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Members

Members in 9 countries
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Subjects *

  • Oceanography
    • Marine
  • Geology
    • Land and Coastal Forms
  • Management
    • Planning

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 14: Life Below Water

UIA Org ID

F2047

Last News Received

13. Sep 2005
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