"To protect and conserve coral reefs by establishing and implementing environmentally friendly guidelines to promote a sustainable diving and snorkelling tourism industry."
Green Fins, a public-private initiative of the United Nations Environment Programme and Reef-World, provides the only internationally recognised code of conduct used to reduce the environmental impact of the diving and snorkelling industry. The system includes a proven assessment criteria to identify high-risk practices both above and below the water, offering practical alternatives to business managers, and is implemented by resource managers we train and support.
Diving and snorkelling centres are uniquely positioned to enact positive and lasting changes within their own communities and among customers to encourage.
Performance of participating business operations is evaluated regularly using a 330-point system that scores impacts; the lower the score, the lower the impacts the businesses have on coral reefs. This evaluation system was developed based on our GEARS system. Continued participation and Green Fins certification is dependent on centres lowering impact scores from year to year. Active members are listed on the website enabling tourists to choose environmentally responsible options for their holidays.
Under Reef-World and UNEP leadership, Green Fins has supported environmentally sustainable diving since 2004 in Asia, including some of the world’s top diving destinations in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Maldives, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. By working in these countries we are able to deliver the education and tools needed to address conservation needs to some of the most biologically important coral reef sites in the world, namely the Coral Triangle.
If you would like to know more then please visit the Green Fins website.