After receiving the fantastic news from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) that the Green Fins project has been fully accepted by the Mangroves for the Future (MFF) Regional Grants initiative, we have been planning for the Inception meeting whereby the participants in this two year project titled “Protecting Marine Ecosystems in MFF Countries Using the Green Fins Approach” will come together to plan and strategise for the implementation of Green Fins in the Maldives and Vietnam. It was a very productive meeting with government representatives from the Maldives and Vietnam, the Programmes Manager from MFF and the United Nations Environment Programme. Thanks to all, including Sam and the staff at Lalaguna Beach Club who helped make this meeting so productive and enjoyable.
Green Fins awareness raising activities started in the Philippines in 2004 and the initiative was then officially launched in 2010. Green Fins Philippines is implemented by the Coastal and Marine Division under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Biodiversity Management Bureau (DENR-BMB) with support from NGOs including Batangas Community Divers, The El Nido Foundation and Marine Conservation Philippines.
The Reef-World Foundation is a registered UK charity which delivers practical solutions for marine conservation around the world. The charity promotes the wise use of natural resources – particularly coral reefs and related ecosystems – for the benefit of local communities, visitors and future generations. It is dedicated to supporting, inspiring and empowering governments, businesses, communities and individuals around the world to act in conserving and sustainably developing coastal resources.
Reef-World leads the global implementation of the UN Environment Programme’s Green Fins initiative, which focuses on driving environmentally friendly scuba diving and snorkelling practices across the industry globally. As such, the charity provides low cost and practical solutions to local and industry-wide environmental challenges associated with the marine tourism industry. It provides education and capacity building assistance to empower environmental champions (within the diving industry, local communities, authorities and governments) to implement proven coastal resource management approaches.