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Green Fins Vietnam: The Story So Far

The Green Fins programme is implemented by Reef-World and the UN Environment Programme in several different countries around the world. In each active country, their national team has a slightly different sustainability journey. With demand for Green Fins membership around the world booming – particularly in light of how important sustainability will be in tourism’s … Read more

boat tied to buoy

Alternatives to anchoring

Did you know that even the most careful drop of an anchor can cause devastation to coral reefs and other marine environments? Yet, anchor damage to coral colonies is a problem all over the world. The good news? Damage caused by anchoring can be easily avoided! By following best practice guidance and using alternatives to anchoring … Read more

Photo of an anchor attached to a coral colony

What impact does anchoring have on marine environments?

Across our planet, our coral reefs face a barrage of threats. From the sweeping impact of climate change to the smaller scale damage caused by localised stressors, like careless diving practices. On top of this, anchoring can cause serious damage to corals and other marine environments like seagrass beds. Even the most careful throw of an … Read more

Barrel Sponge in Verde Island coral reef

“Evolutionary marvels”

The Reef-World team shares why coral reefs are so special Did you know coral reefs take up less than one percent of the ocean floor but support a QUARTER of all marine life? As divers and dive professionals, you’ll probably be well aware that coral reefs provide food, livelihoods, economic security and cultural heritage for … Read more

Reef-World's Chloe Harvey about to jump off the boat into the ocean to go diving in Egypt

Green Fins Egypt: the story so far

In each country, Reef-World and the UN Environment Programme are proud to oversee Green Fins implementation with support from in-destination partners. As you may know if you’ve been reading this series, each active country has its own unique journey and challenges. We’ve already heard about some of the longer-standing Green Fins destinations. Now, it’s time … Read more

Dive centre managers and owners sitting around a table learning about Green Fins

10 Japanese dive centres receive Green Fins training

In 2019, the Reef-World team visited Onna Village, Okinawa. During the trip they conducted a scoping trip and met with the people who will make up the Green Fins national team. This included representatives from Onna Village local government, Onna Village Diving Association, Oceana and Japan Association for UNEP as well as Onna Village’s Mayor. … Read more

Green Fins Dominican Republic: the story so far

At the time of writing, the Green Fins initiative is active in 11 countries around the world with several more awaiting launch when travel restrictions allow.  In each country, Reef-World and the UN Environment Programme coordinate Green Fins supported by local in-destination partners. While each country has its own story, they often face similar sustainability … Read more