Reef-World Foundation Expands Language Range of Training Materials
The Reef-World Foundation, together with Egypt's Chamber of Diving & Watersports (CDWS) and the SDGs Promotion Secretariat of Okinawa's Onna Village Office, Japan, has announced that Green Fins environmental resources are now available in Arabic and Japanese.
It is hoped that the newly translated posters and guidelines will help marine tourism operators expand their understanding of their impact on the environment, and help educate others, by presenting information to customers and local citizens in their native languages
'As the international coordinator in partnership with the UN Environment Programme, we are constantly striving to help individuals around the world learn about the simple actions they can take to protect coral reefs,' said Reef-World Director, Chloë Harvey. 'Having materials now available in Arabic and Japanese is a huge step, so even more people can become aware of best dive and snorkel practices and help our oceans thrive.'
Suika Tsumita of the SDGs Promotion Secretariat said: 'Japan is a country surrounded by the sea and benefits from fishing and tourism. Various efforts are being made to make this abundant resource sustainable in the future, and I hope that Green Fins will spread as one of them. The release of this Japanese version would be the first step. Currently, we are starting to introduce Green Fins in Japan in Onna Village, Okinawa Prefecture but we hope that it will be useful for raising awareness and taking actions to protect corals and the sea in other areas as well.'
Green Fins is a UN Environment Programme initiative which aims to protect coral reefs through environmentally friendly marine tourism guidelines, and currently provides the only internationally recognised environmental standards for the diving and snorkelling industry.
Egypt became the 11th nation to adopt the Green Fins initiative in 2019, making the programme available nationwide earlier this year. The programme’s intended launch in Japan has been postponed from June 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic but will be officially launched in the country once travel restrictions are lifted. and will be officially launched in the country when travel restrictions allow.
A representative from CDWS said: 'The Egyptian Red Sea is blessed with a pristine underwater world with crystal clear visibility, warm waters and a thriving aquatic ecosystem. The CDWS aims to protect and preserve the unique marine life and dedicates a lot of effort to spread awareness and education in the sector. It has been a year since we launched Green Fins Egypt. We are thrilled that these colourful, informative and fun awareness materials are now available in Arabic. There is a need for educational material in our language and those offered by Green Fins cover all aspects of the dive and snorkelling industry and their environmental challenges. We hope they will be used by the dive operators as a means to raise awareness.'
The new training materials can be downloaded from the Green Fins Arabic and Japanese resource pages. For more information, including how to join the Green Fins programme, visit www.reef-world.org or www.greenfins.net.