Welcome to the UNEP Shelf Programme
Welcome to the web site of the UNEP Shelf Programme.
The UNEP Shelf Programme is coordinated by UNEP/GRID-Arendal in Norway and was established to assist developing States and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to complete the activities required to delineate the outer limits of their continental shelf. States are faced with the costly and complex work of data identification, collection, analysis and submission preparation. Due to limited technical and financial capacity many developing States and SIDS will not be able to complete the submission process without considerable external support, both technical and financial. Technical support is directly offered by the UNEP Shelf Programme in addition to assistance related to identifying and accessing potential sources of funding to support the work process.
The UNEP Shelf programme has been actively engaged with over 60 States worldwide. We have provided assistance with awareness raising and training, in addition to providing support in identifying, collecting or analysing existing data. Regional and national training workshops have been implemented by the UNEP Shelf Programme and partners helping to build technical capacity related to the delineation process.