The Green Fins Philippines National Team at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources have the challenge of implementing national programmes, like Green Fins, across an archipelago with several tiers of government.

The recent launch of the Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Management Program (CMEMP) represents a pivotal shift for DENR, allowing them to pour resources into building the capacity of DENR staff to better manage marine and coastal resources. Green Fins is a tool DENR is using to raise awareness on conservation issues with tourists and the diving community, manage local threats to reefs and build partnerships with the private sector.

The Technical Bulletin No. 2017-13 provides the legal instrument and structure for Regional and Provincial governments across the country to start implementing the international Green Fins environmental standards. Focusing first on diving hotspots in Region 4A (Mabini), 4B (Palawan, Mindoro) and 7 (Central Visayas), the lessons learned from running Green Fins in these areas will be used to roll out Green Fins on a national level.

The Technical Bulletin represents a significant milestone for DENR and Reef-World is looking forward to continuing to support them at all levels for Green Fins Philippines.