August 2018 – Green Fins Philippines – Training a new Green Fins team for Cebu

The final tranche of this year’s Green Fins assessor training in the Philippines ran from 15-20 August 2018 in Moalboal, Cebu. The province of Cebu hosts some of the most popular diving destinations in the country, and through the Green Fins approach, Reef-World is supporting the local Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) team to reach out to the diving industry. The aim is to help them manage their threats and start constructive conversations about how to tackle broader threats of the marine environment.

Over the course of the week, Reef-World trained six Assessors and four Coordinators who will split their assessment and awareness raising activities between diving locations Moalboal and Malapascua over the coming year. The new Green Fins team is a mixed group from the DENR Region 7 office, PENRO Siquijor, CENRO Argao, CENRO Cebu City and CENRO Talibon.

Over the years, Reef-World has worked closely with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to instiutionalise Green Fins through the legal instruments of the Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Management Program (CMEMP) and Technical Bulletin 2017-16. This has not only enabled the assessor training activity but ensures that time and budget are allocated for Green Fins on an annual basis. Reef-World looks forward to the positive changes the new team will be making by collaborating with the diving industry for coral reef protection.

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