Reef-World Foundation Calls For Divers' Feedback on Sustainability Initiatives
The Reef-World Foundation – the international coordinator of the UN Environment Programme's Green Fins initiative – is asking divers around the world to spare a few minutes of their time to help improve education and awareness around protecting coral reefs. All they need to do is fill out this short survey about their media habits and views on learning more about the environment and sustainable diving practices.
The Green Fins initiative is a programme designed around making sustainable diving the 'social norm' and is expanding rapidly around the world, working with national governments to help dive and snorkel operators become more sustainable, and educate tourists about best environmental practice. The initiative also provides the only internationally recognised environmental standards for snorkelling and scuba diving and enables policymakers to identify areas of high environmental risk within the industry. Eleven countries have so far implemented the Green Fins programme, with Egpyt the latest to do so, announcing in early March that the initiative would be adopted nationwide.
As part of the Green Fins initiative, Reef-World provides a suite of tools and materials to help educate dive operators, dive professionals and divers about best practice for environmental sustainability when diving. The materials have been developed based on feedback from the dive industry and are regularly updated to 'ensure that the Green Fins message is communicated as effectively as possible', hence the request for input from divers as part of the latest review.
'The ethos at Reef-World – and of the Green Fins initiative – is to empower and educate the dive industry to protect coral reefs,' said JJ Harvey, Director at The Reef-World Foundation. 'We’re continually reviewing our materials to make sure they’re as useful and effective as possible for Green Fins members (and non-members!) who can download and use them for free.'
'This activity was already in the pipeline for the Reef-World team and, while we realise this is a challenging time for many of our network, we hope those staying at home will be able to spare a few minutes to help,' said Harvey. 'Completing the short survey will make a huge difference in our work to improve communications about sustainable diving and the protection of coral reefs. To everyone who is able to spare the time to help us, thank you.'
The survey can be taken online here: https://form.jotform.com/Reef_World/materials
For more information about The Reef-World Foundations and the Green Fins Initiative, visit their respective websites at www.reef-world.org and www.greenfins.net. Dive and snorkel operators wishing to join the programme can find guidance at www.greenfins.net/how-to-join.