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The Reef-World Foundation  


Reef-World is a UK-based charity that has its roots from working with local people to conserve coral reefs in Thailand in 1999 and is now working in more than 10 countries in some of the worlds most biodiverse regions working alongside governments and the tourism industry, specifically the diving and snorkelling community. They also have extensive experience with fishing communities and local governments to provide information about life on coral reefs and helping members of those communities find their own role in wider plans to protect reefs and related ecosystems. The Reef-World team are based in both Bristol, UK and Dumaguete City, Negros in the Philippines. This enables them to be within easy reach and communication of all associated government departments and Green Fins members.  

Reef-World participates in the UN Environment-Regional Seas Global Coral Reef Partnership and is the lead technical partner on Green Fins development and implementation internationally.The Reef-World Foundation prides itself on maintaining its operations with very little overheads, admin fees or office maintenance costs. In accordance with UK law, the Trustees receive no pay for their work in maintaining The Reef-World Foundation and all staff receives fair salaries for their hard work overseas. If you would like to donate to Reef-World where 100% of your funds go straight into effective marine conservation then please go to our Donation page. 



United Nations Environment


Through guidance and direction from UN Environment, The Reef-World Foundation have adopted the role as International Coordinators of Green Fins. With direct support and assistance from the Coral Reef Unit based in the UN Environment headquarters in Bangkok, Green Fins works with national governments as well as direct collaboration with stakeholders on the ground. Green Fins gets its origins from under the Regional Seas programme of UN Environment and was overseen by the Coordinating Body on the Seas of East Asia (COBSEA) in the UN Environment Regional Office for Asia Pacific (ROAP). This top down - bottom up approach leads to an effective method of implementation for the approach.  

Reef-World and UN Environment have been working closely with the governments of Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Maldives, Vietnam and the Philippines in aiding and assisting them to develop the approach to suit the needs and priorities of each country. Through working on an international scale, Reef-World is in a position to share knowledge of best practice and to help replicate successes while at the same time support each country to have its own unique direction and identity. There is no ‘one-size fits all’ approach to marine conservation and each country must adapt and develop independently. In 2008 and with UN Environment-COBSEA support, a Roadmap for the future of Green Fins was developed by Reef-World with the governments of Malaysia and Indonesia. The follow on from this was helping to implement Green Fins Philippines which has grown from strength to strength since 2010 and has now been fully implemented into a national framework for the protection and conservation of coral reefs nationally. In collaboration with UN Environment and the IUCN, Mangroves for the Future Initiative, Reef-World is now working in Maldives and Vietnam over a two-year project (2013-2014) to help implement the Green Fins approach. To find out more on this and the team's current progress please see the Latest Green Fins News or go directly to the Reef-World website. Alternatively, follow updates directly from the Reef-World Facebook page, Twitter site or the Instagram.


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