logo green fins DHWhat is Green Fins?

The Green Fins project is initiated and coordinated by United Nations Environment Programme, COBSEA's secretariat 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.

Green Fins is comprehensive program that encourages dive centers and snorkel operators to work together to reduce their environmental impacts on coral reefs by adopting the Green Fins Code of Conduct.

Green fins DHThe Code of Conduct consists of 15 points, which target environmental threats posed by the diving and snorkeling industry, both under the water and in shop. Green Fins members receive the training and the tools (check out our useful icons) to promote environmental education and awareness, tapping into the diving audience, which is shifting more and more towards Eco-friendly initiatives.

Green Fins dives even deeper as it creates a network through which dive centers, local and national governments and communities can work together to tackle local environmental threats to protect livelihoods and food security.

Members receive annual assessments, training and feedback to help them achieve the Code of Conduct points, that not only standardizes membership but also allows a system for measurable progress.

Warning, beware of GREEN WASHING!

Unfortunately on the Islands of Cebu and Negros some Green Fins Members are not respecting the code of conduct. Some members even bringing guest to the detrimental Oslob whale shark feeding “attraction”. Some “green wash” their doing by using a green fins logo. Since some were announced to see their membership suspended they offer the attraction through branches or fixers. Find more Info about whale shark feeding here!