Playas del Coco

Costa Rica First Country in Continental Americas to Implement Green Fins Environmental Standards

Helping the country to achieve the national biodiversity targets The Reef-World Foundation, the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) and Misión Tiburón are delighted to announce that Costa Rica has joined 13 other countries globally to implement the Green Fins initiative — a UN Environment Programme initiative. Costa Rica is the first country on the  … Read more

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Reef-World Launches Green Fins Environmental Best Practice for Underwater Photographers Poster

New guidelines for underwater photographers The Reef-World Foundation – the international coordinator of the UN Environment Programme’s Green Fins initiative – has launched the newly updated Green Fins Environmental Best Practice for Underwater Photographers poster with new guidelines. These guidelines help dive and snorkel operators encourage their guests to follow environmental best practices while taking … Read more

Reef-World Launches Green Fins Crown-of-Thorns Sea Star Cleanup Guidelines

New guidance helping marine tourism operators conduct Crown-of-Thorns sea star (COTS) cleanups in an environmentally friendly way The Reef-World Foundation – the international coordinator of the UN Environment Programme’s Green Fins initiative – has launched new guidelines to help dive and snorkel operators assess when to conduct Crown-of-Thorns sea star (COTS) cleanups and how to … Read more

Scuba Divers Can Now Become Environmentally Certified Through Green Fins

Improving environmental standards is critical because 70% of divers contact the reef while diving and 36% are unaware of doing so The Reef-World Foundation – the international coordinator of Green Fins – is pleased to announce the launch of the new Green Fins Diver e-Course. This new online course is designed to help recreational divers … Read more

Dive Guides Called to Apply for the Green Fins Dive Guide Scholarship

Reef-World’s campaign is helping dive guides in need receive Green Fins environmental certification The Reef-World Foundation – international coordinator of the UN Environment Programme’s Green Fins initiative – is calling for dive guides to submit their application for the Andrea Leeman Green Fins Dive Guide Scholarship. As a result of the Scholarship campaign, dive guides … Read more

Green Fins Materials Now Available in Arabic and Japanese

The Reef-World Foundation – the international coordinator of Green Fins – along with the Chamber of Diving & Watersports (CDWS) and the SDGs Promotion Secretariat (Onna Village Office in Okinawa) are pleased to announce Arabic and Japanese-speaking dive and snorkel operators can now benefit from environmental resources in their first language. The newly translated Green … Read more

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Pandemic Causes a Surge in Interest in Green Fins Dominican Republic

Going digital is helping to boost the programme’s conservation impact The Reef-World Foundation – international coordinator of the UN Environment Programme’s Green Fins initiative – and Reef Check Dominican Republic have adapted to the new situations caused by the pandemic in order to reach even more dive and snorkel operators with their conservation messaging. The … Read more

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New Green Fins Cleanup Guidelines Now Available

New guidelines for conducting environmentally friendly beach and underwater cleanups The Reef-World Foundation – the international coordinator of the UN Environment Programme’s Green Fins initiative – has launched new Green Fins cleanup guidelines to help dive and snorkel operators organise and host environmentally friendly coastal cleanups. “We’ve been so impressed to see so many Green … Read more

Beyond Tourism Challenge Win to Drive Global Conservation Impact

IDB support to enable Green Fins Global Hub development and launch of Green Fins Costa Rica The Reef-World Foundation – the international coordinator of the UN Environment Programme’s Green Fins initiative – is thrilled to announce its Green Fins Global Hub proposal has been selected for project design under IDB Lab’s Beyond Tourism Challenge. This … Read more

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