The 32nd ICRI General Meeting took place from the 7th to the 9th December 2017 at the UN Office in Nairobi, Kenya where The Reef-World Foundation as Members of ICRI were invited to present as part of ICRI Goal 4 – ‘Promote the deployment of mooring devices limiting the mechanical destruction of coral reefs and seagrasses.’
DEMA (Diving Equipment and Marketing Association) took place in the Orange County Convention Centre in Orlando Florida, from the 1st to the 4th of November. Reef-World’s representative, Klementina Dukoska, took the opportunity to discuss with dive, and related businesses, to create joint ocean solutions, through utilizing what is the only recognized standard for sustainable diving and snorkelling, Green Fins.
Over the course of 2017, Reef-World has been working hard with DENR to form a national structure for Green Fins Philippines assessors under the new Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ (DENR) Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Management Program (CMEMP), or as it is known locally ‘Agos ng buhay’. This work has been supported by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
At the invitation of the Secretariat of the Mediterranean Protected Areas Network (MedPAN), Reef-World representative James Harvey was invited to join the regional exchange workshop in Izola, Slovenia titled ‘MPAs facing pollution in the Mediterranean: thinking beyond boundaries’ that took place over 4 days (28 Nov. / 1st Dec. 2017).
Whether you have a direct connection with the reefs as diver, dive guide or instructor, or those a couple of steps away from the sea as a training agency or dive equipment manufacturer, YOU CAN ALL MAKE A DIFFERENCE. #GreenFinsIYOR2018 will cover four simple actions that the diving industry can take control over, allowing reefs to be the strongest they can be!