Marine regions and their subregions are sea regions designated under international, Union, national or sub-national legislation for the purpose of assessment, management and regulation.
EXAMPLE 1: For each Marine Region a marine strategy shall be developed and implemented to maintain and improve good environmental status.
SOURCE: Marine Strategy Framework Directive (2008/56/EC).
EXAMPLE 2: Convention on the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Baltic Sea Area (Helsinki Convention) shall apply to the protection of the marine environment of the Baltic Sea Area which comprises the water-body and the seabed including their living resources and other forms of marine life.
EXAMPLE 3: The Convention for the Protection of the marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic (OSPAR Convention) is dealing with specific areas like: prevention and elimination of pollution from land-based sources; prevention and elimination of pollution by dumping or incineration; prevention and elimination of pollution from offshore sources and assessment of the quality of the marine environment.
EXAMPLE 4: Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean (Barcelona Convention) aims to to prevent, abate and combat pollution of the Mediterranean Sea area and to protect and enhance the marine environment in that area.
EXAMPLE 5: The Convention on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution (Bucharest Convention) aims to prevent, reduce and control the pollution and protect the biodiversity and the marine living resources.
EXAMPLE 6: UNEP Regional Seas Programme aims to address the accelerating degradation of the world’s oceans and coastal areas through the sustainable management and use of the marine and coastal environment.