On the 29th October, Reef-World held a training event for the Coastal and Marine Management Office or CMMO who are the authority responsible for Green Fins on a national level, to build the knowledge and ability of 10 of their staff as new Green Fins Coordinators.

The training event took place in Manila at their headquarters in the beautiful surroundings of the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife centre right next to the lagoon. These new Coordinators will be a huge boost and asset to the programme as well as the national government and can be mobilised to the various areas where the project has already been implemented in 6 sites around the Philippines with plans for two more in the following year. Their primary role will be to provide more assistance and help for the network of members across the Philippines through awareness raising and improving current communication channels between the private and public sectors. The threats and problems in areas of marine tourism are varied and wide and so Green Fins needs to be able to tackle these from a variety of approaches and these new coordinators will be able to do just that.

We look forward to hearing how these new Coordinators of Green Fins will progress and go on to support Green Fins Philippines.