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The Strategic Plan has served as a guiding document for developing and implementing NEASPEC work in five programmatic areas: (a) Transboundary Air Pollution; (b) Biodiversity and Nature Conservation; (c) Marine Protected Areas, (d) Low Carbon Cities, and (e) Desertification and Land Degradation. The Strategic Plan supports strengthening and institutionalizing cooperation platforms, namely, the North-East Asian Marine Protected Areas Network (NEAMPAN), the North-East Asia Low Carbon City Platform (NEA-LCCP), and the North-East Asia Clean Air Partnership (NEACAP), which enable the NEASPEC work to move from short-term, project-based to long-term, programmatic approach. The approaches of the Strategic Plan also support the NEASPEC work to become more strategic towards strengthening science-policy linkage, operating stakeholder platforms, sharing knowledge, and linking the work with regional and global goals.
Having built on the Strategic Plan 2016-2020 and reflecting new development during its implementation, the programmatic areas of the Strategic Plan 2021-2025 are (a) Air Pollution, (b) Biodiversity and Nature Conservation, (c) Marine Protected Areas, (d) Low Carbon Cities, and (e) Desertification and Land Degradation. While focusing on the five areas, the Strategic Plan may provide room for identifying other emerging issues of mutual interests among member States and support dialogue and cooperation on the issues. Thus, new programmatic areas can be explored and developed under the Strategic Plan 2021-2025 if such need is identified and consensus reached among member States.