Get involved with SACEP

South Asia Co-operative Environment Programme (SACEP) is an Inter-governmental Organization,established in 1982 by the Governments of South Asia to promote and support protection,management and enhancement of the environment in the South Asian Region.Eight countries,namely; Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are the member states of SACEP.It is also a Multilateral Organization registered with the Secretariat of the United Nations in accordance with Article 102 of the Charter of the United Nations. SACEP has its headquarters in Colombo, Sri Lanka and is enlisted as a Specialized Agency under the Diplomatic Missions of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. SACEP is the Secretariat for the South Asian Seas Programme (SASP) which is one of the eighteen Regional Seas Programmes of United Nations Environment Programme.

During 33 years of its existence, SACEP in collaboration with various partner organizations had implemented a number of programmes / projects in the field of Air Pollution, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Coastal and Marine Environment, Combating Illegal Trade in Wildlife, Data and Information Management and Clearing-House Mechanism,Environmental Education,Environmental Law,Environmentally Sustainable Transport,Multi-lateral Environmental Agreements and Waste Management, etc.

SACEP has been involved with the member states, UN agencies and programmes, international organisations, non-governmental organisations and the Corporate Sector etc in capacity development, training exercises, workshops, seminars, conferences and meeting on various environment and sustainable development issues in the region during the past 33 years. This experience has increased the SACEP in house capacity at the highest level of professionalism and now SACEP has emerged as one of the leading capacity development institutions in South Asia.

SACEP believes the importance of engaging with the corporate sector to ensure greater commitment, accountability and responsibility of the corporate sector towards sustainable development through the ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ (CSR).

CSR is becoming mandatory to the Corporate Sector around the Globe for ensuring environmental sustainability.

SACEP seeks partnerships with Organizations, Companies or Individuals who wish to discuss possible, substantial contributions to support the mandate of SACEP through the Trust Fund. Interested parties are invited to contact the Director General of SACEP or the Secretariat.

Get involved with SACEP today to be a partner in this worthy cause.

Director General
South Asia Co-operative Environment Programme (SACEP)
146/24A, Havelock Road,
Colombo 05
Sri Lanka

Tel : + 94 11 2589376 / 2 504708
Email :

Partnerships and co-operation between governments, communities, NGOs and regional and multilateral institutions are increasingly seen as critical drivers for the achievement of sustainable development. The focus on partnerships was one of the salient features of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) and is thus receiving attention by SACEP.

Partnerships are very relevant to South Asia given the complexity and scale of the environmental challenges in the region and is now one of the specific areas of interest of SACEP.

SACEP itself is indeed a partnership of its member countries, working through the National Focal Point and Subject Area Focal Point networks. Partnerships have also been established with international organizations to address several priority environmental concerns in the region. These include:

  • SACEP became the Sub Regional Secretariat for South Asia to the UNCRD’s (United Nations Centre for Regional Development) programme on International Partnership for Expanding Waste Management Services of Local Authorities (IPLA) in May 2011
  • Since 2008, SACEP is a partner of the UNEP’s PCFV (Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles) which aims to encourage countries to adopt overall clean fuel and vehicles strategies, including vehicle and fuel standards, inspection and maintenance, development of public transport systems – including both motorised and non-motorised options – and transportation demand management.
  • SASP/ SACEP is a member of IMO’s Bio-fouling Correspondence Group that was established at BLG 13 for the “Development of international measures for minimizing the translocation of invasive aquatic species through bio-fouling of ships
  • SACEP is a member of the Sub Committee of International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI)
  • Establishment of South Asia Coral Reef Task Force (SACRTF) under the South Asia MCPA (Marine Conservation and Protected Areas) project, to facilitate coordination in the management of coral reefs and associated ecosystems at a national level, and to promote collaborative action at the regional level, encouraging trans-boundary responses to shared environmental challenges 2007: ICRAN
  • Implementation of the Malé Declaration on Control and Prevention of Air Pollution and its likely Trans-boundary Effects for South Asia: UNEP RRCAP
  • Preparation of South Asia State of Environment report (SoE) 2001: UNEP, UNEP-ROAP and UNEP-RRC.AP
  • Water quality assessment in the Bay of Bengal : Global International Waters Assessment (GIWA)
  • Preparation of regional oil spill contingency plan and implementation of MARPOL: International Maritime Organization (IMO)
  • Environmental law programme for South Asia and assessment of faunal biodiversity: NORAD
  • Preparation of nationl/regional GPAs for Bangladesh , India , Maldives , Pakistan and Sri Lanka : UNEP-GPA
  • SACEP is a partner to the Global Partnership on Nutrient Management (GPNM).
  • SACEP became an institution participating in the Global Partnership on Waste Management (GPWM) in September 2012.

SACEP is keen to work with other organisations that have relevant programmatic focus such as biodiversity, energy and environment, management of freshwater resources, and coastal and marine area management. SACEP would welcome such contributions from interested organizations.