Blog: Finding #AlternativesToAnchoring

Blog: Finding #AlternativesToAnchoring

Anchoring is a very common practice in most boating activities, getting to the point of being one of the most iconic symbols. Do a quick Google search on ‘boating icons’ or ‘sailor’, and an anchor will be the most common symbol that will appear.

News: BlueGreen360 Awards three-day study tour on sustainable tourism in Bali

News: BlueGreen360 Awards three-day study tour on sustainable tourism in Bali

The BlueGreen360 Awards honour businesses and individuals in the marine tourism industry who are pioneering efforts to integrate sustainability in their practices and operations. Organized by Asia Dive Expo (ADEX), in collaboration with The Reef World Foundation and the Coral Triangle Center, the award highlights the value of healthy marine and coastal ecosystems to the industry. Green Fins members are automatically participating in the ‘Green Fins Award’, which is presented to the member with the lowest environmental impact, as demonstrated by the Green Fins annual assessment of business practice conducted within the last 18 months.

BLOG: Green Fins spreads its fins - The Caribbean

BLOG: Green Fins spreads its fins - The Caribbean

I have recently returned from the Caribbean, well the Dominican Republic (DR) to be more specific, from what was a particularly satisfying highlight of my career working for Reef-World. I have been developing and supporting Green Fins since 2008 primarily in south east Asia, the Pacific, and the Indian Ocean. These are the main diving meccas of the world where most of the world’s diving tourists tend to learn, visit, and take their diving holidays. The waters generally have great visibility, the marine life is fantastic and the often the costs can be low too, all very attractive factors. However, other parts of the world such as the Red Sea or the Caribbean are also very popular dive locations and ones that I have not had the pleasure of working in.

NEWS: Partnering in symbiosis to save our reefs

NEWS: Partnering in symbiosis to save our reefs

Industry leaders have stepped up to embrace Green Fins with symbiotic partnerships with The Reef-World Foundation, driving sustainable diving as the global social norm.

Reef-World has embarked on a journey to develop mutually beneficial tourism industry partnerships that drive sustainable value chains by creating tangible outcomes for the ocean, communities and the economy through the Green Fins initiative. Pioneering businesses from various lines of the industry are taking progressive steps to implement environmental policies and practices, green their value chains, educate people through showcasing solutions, thus raising the bar of sustainability across the industry through the Green Fins initiative.

PRESS RELEASE: Eco-Diving Certification Programme Green Fins comes to the Caribbean

PRESS RELEASE: Eco-Diving Certification Programme Green Fins comes to the Caribbean

With support from the Regional Activity Centre for the Protocol Concerning Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife for the Wider Caribbean Region (SPAW-RAC), under the framework of the Caribbean Environment Programme of the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment - CEP) and with support from UK based marine conservation charity The Reef-World Foundation, an initiative called Green Fins is being introduced to the Dominican Republic in June 2018. Taking the lead are locally based Reef Check Dominican Republic, a local organization aiming to protect coral reefs and their associated species, who will be using Green Fins to address the increase in tourist numbers that are engaging with the marine environment and the associated threats that come with this. In 2016, 6.1 million tourists visited the country.

BLOG: REDEFINING Conservation Messages

BLOG: REDEFINING Conservation Messages

As times change and generations pass, the way that we communicate changes with us. Internet, technology, social media have driven us into the fastest ‘evolutionary communicational process’, if that’s a thing! Information is moving at such a fast pace that technology is a big determining factor on how people develop and interact with the world around them. Marking a difference amongst generations, such as the Baby Boomers, X, Y, and the new Z!

NEWS: A new assessor team for Green Fins in Negros Oriental, Philippines

NEWS: A new assessor team for Green Fins in Negros Oriental, Philippines

Over the past few years, Reef-World has been working hand-in-hand with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in the Philippines to integrate the Green Fins approach into national frameworks for managing the impacts of marine tourism, in particular diving and snorkelling.

With significant infrastructure milestones in place, like the adoption of Green Fins into the comprehensive Coastal and Marine Ecosystem Management Program (CMEMP) and the resulting Technical Bulletin reached, 2018 marks the year of Assessor training!