HL Deb 31 March 1981 vol 419 c191WA
Lord Brockway

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What results the United Nations Environment Programme has achieved in securing the agreement of West African states on a conservation project for their coastal region; what African states are participating; what plans have been made for similar projects in the Mediterranean, the Gulf, the Caribbean and Red Sea regions; and what part the United Kingdom is taking in these projects.

Lord Trefgarne

The action plan for West Africa has been set up by the states of the region under the auspices of the Regional Seas Programme. The Regional Seas Programme is supported by the United Kingdom but, since the action plans set up under its auspices are essentially regional, the United Kingdom is directly involved only when it has territorial responsibilities in the region concerned, as for example in the Caribbean. The United Kingdom was therefore not represented at the meeting which adopted the action plan for West Africa and has no details of what was agreed.