Green Fins is an initiative that was originally initiated by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) under the Regional Seas programme as part of the effort to increase public awareness and management practices that will benefit the conservation of coral reefs and reduce unsustainable tourism practices. It is overseen by the Coral Reef Unit of UN Environment based in Bangkok in collaboration with UK charity The Reef-World Foundation.
Green Fins is a comprehensive approach that encourages dive centres and snorkel operators, local communities and governments to work together to reduce their environmental impacts. This is primarily done through the private sector adopting a Code of Conduct that will help mitigate their impacts when carrying out marine tourism activities.
IYOR Activities Plan
As part of the IYOR the Green Fins network will be encouraged to actively participate on the campaign which will focus on four action points, selected upon biggest impact on the marine environment. These will be evenly promoted throughout the year with the aim to focus on each problem and associated solution. New materials and videos will be released!
The action points that will be covered in the campaign are:
- Promoting environmentally positive diver behaviour,
- Reducing anchor damage,
- Reducing fish feeding and,
- Promoting a circular economy