Regional reef managers get ready to dive, Puerto Galera, Mindoro, Philippines © JJHarvey/ReefWorld, 2013
Strengthen the conservation and wise management of coral reefs and coastal ecosystems by encouraging environmentally responsible diving tourism through implementation of the Green Fins approach.
There is abundant evidence that the diving and snorkeling tourism industry can have a negative impact on the marine and coastal environment. While there is willingness in the diving industry to care for coral reefs as the industry’s primary asset, capacity is often limited. Access to guidance on relevant procedures and approaches to support the dive industry to implement responsible environmental practice is insufficient. This means that threats from irresponsible diving as well as other activities associated with diving industry development persist.
This regional initiative aims to effect change within the diving industry and among local communities in two MFF countries through the implementation of the Green Fins approach, a tool for supporting adoption and implementation of best practice. The project will enhance understanding of the diving industry and current relevant environmental policies in participating countries through assessment, review and consultation; establish and train National Teams comprising of relevant national bodies and groups to implement the Green Fins approach in the target countries; and carry out specific activities aimed at the protection and wise management of coral reefs by following the Green Fins code of conduct.
Training of primary stakeholders including dive staff and resort managers as well as national and local government representatives and local communities will encourage the diving tourism industry to implement various environmental practices according to a set standard, leading to measurable improvements in practices within the industry as well as a greater understanding of the threats posed by marine recreational activities. In doing so the initiative will contribute to sound management of coral reefs, helping sustain the environmental services on which both the tourism industry and local communities depend. It will also support and promote development of regulatory frameworks relevant to the diving industry.
Staff and guests of dive and snorkel operators in Maldives and Viet Nam as well as local communities, to reduce their impacts on the environment while helping local government departments achieve their environmental targets.
Phase 1 - Assessment
Enhanced understanding of the diving industry and current relevant environmental policies in MFF countries where the Green Fins approach has not yet been introduced
Phase 2 – Capacity Development
National Teams established and trained on the Green Fins approach in each target country
Phase 3 – Implementation
Specific activities implemented according to the Action Plan in two MFF countries aimed at the protection and wise management of coral reefs through the promotion of the Green Fins approach in countries with relevant partners and stakeholders.
Green Fins Introduction Video, Asia Region © www.greenfins.net, 2012
Introduction Video about Green Fins, www.greenfins.net
Maldives and Viet Nam
1st Jan 2013 to 31st Dec 2014