The Green Fins initiative aims to protect and conserve coral reefs through environmentally friendly guidelines that promote a sustainable diving and snorkelling industry. 

Green Fins is coordinated internationally by The Reef-World Foundation in partnership with the UN Environment.  

The Green Fins approach encompasses three main aspects:

1) The only internationally recognised environmental standards for the diving and snorkelling industry, based on a 15-point code of conduct. This is supported by a robust assessment system to measure compliance

2) Supporting in the development or strengthening of relevant regulatory frameworks

3) Strategic outreach to, and capacity building among, diving and snorkelling centres as well as governmental agencies.

Green Fins is a proven conservation management approach which leads to a measurable reduction in negative environmental impacts associated with diving and snorkelling. The approach is proven and replicable, has been adopted by 11 countries and nearly 600 individual marine tourism companies since its inception in 2004.

Green Fins encourages and empowers members of the diving industry to act to reduce the pressures on coral reefs by offering dive and snorkel companies practical, low-cost alternatives to harmful practices - such as anchoring, fish feeding and chemical pollution – as well as providing strategic support and resources. Members receive annual assessments, training and feedback to help them reduce their environmental impact in line with the Code of Conduct. By reducing the local direct and indirect pressures tourism puts on coral reefs, it helps make corals healthier and more resilient to other stressors such as the effects of climate change.

The Green Fins network is comprised of a global community of environmentally aware dive and snorkel operators, governments and NGOs who are actively encouraged and empowered to take action to reduce the pressures on coral reefs. 

Green Fins Mission Statement

To protect and conserve coral reefs by establishing and implementing environmentally friendly guidelines to promote a sustainable diving and snorkelling tourism industry.

Currently, the network is made up of:

Countries National and local government agency or NGO implementing partners engaged Active government/NGO staff trained as Assessors or Coordinators to run the network at a national level Diving hotspots across South East Asia, the Indian Ocean, the Pacific and the Caribbean Dive centres members since 2004

Find out how the Green Fins network is protecting coral reefs around the world

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