The NOWPAP Regional Action Plan on Marine Litter (RAP MALI) has been implemented since March 2008 right after the approval by the four member states, as a major outcome of the two-year project called the NOWPAP Marine Litter Activity (MALITA) carried out from November 2005 to the end of 2007. RAP MALI is the second phase of NOWPAP marine litter activities and consists of three key elements:
- Prevention of marine litter input to the marine and coastal environment;
- Monitoring of marine litter quantities and distribution; and
- Removal of existing marine litter and its disposal.
In the NOWPAP region, marine litter issues will be continuously addressed through RAP MALI as a part of the NOWPAP programme of work, together with other environmental issues such as oil spills and harmful algal blooms. Most of the RAP MALI activities are being implemented at the national level, in cooperation with local governments and authorities in the NOWPAP countries.