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Coastal and marine habitat conservation
The Green Fins
The Green Fins project is initiated and coordinated by 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.
The network of dive operators in Thailand and Philippines, are implementing the project, with one leading organization in each country.
The leading organizations are responsible for expanding the network in their respective countries and to produce educational and public awareness materials and certificates. The COBSEA Secretariat coordinates the project activities and is responsible for the dissemination of the produced materials and follow up activities.
The Green Fins activities currently focus on expanding the project to additional member countries in the East Asian Seas region and to strengthen the existing network.
Take a look at the video-clips explaining the "Green Fins":
Interested in joining the network or to find out more about "Green Fins"?
Indonesia Network Leader
Mrs Wayhu Indraningsih
Marine Environmental Protection Division
Ministry of Environment, Republic of Indonesia Jl.
D.I. Panjaitan Kav. 24 Kebon Nanas,
Gedung A Lt. 5, Jakarta Timur 13410, INDONESIA
Malaysia Network Leader
Ms. Shahima Abdul Hamid
Department of Marine Park Malaysia
Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment
Level 11, Wisma Sumber Asli, No 25
Federal Government Administrative Centre
62574 Putrajaya. MALAYSIA
Please also cc to
West Ilanin Forest Area
Subic Bay Freeport Zone, 2222,
Thailand Network Leader
Mr. Niphon Phongsuwan
51 Sakdiaj Rd,
P.O. Box 60,
Phuket 83000, THAILAND
See also information from Thailand's coastal cleanup campaigns, September 2006 and 2007 and the Reuter's Dive Club Green Fins Traning, March 2007.
Green Fins Code of Conduct
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Green Fins Friendly Diving
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Green Fins Friendly Snorkeling
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The Planning Workshop for "Green Fins" Local Network Leaders, 7-8 July 2004, Phuket, Thailand
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The Green Fins Slogan Contest (More information...)
The Reuter's Dive Club Green Fins Training, 11-12 March 2007, Phuket, Thailand (More information...)
The Regional Workshop and Launching of the Green Fins Programme, 29-30 May, 2007, Phuket, Thailand (More information...)
Read the article in Bangkok Post about Green Fins (1 July 2007) (Link to article...)
Thailand's Green Fins Coastal Cleanup Campaigns in September 2006 and 2007 (More information...)
Regional Programme on Marine Invasive Species
The 20th IGM of COBSEA (Viet Nam, Nov. 2009) in its ‘Resolution 2 on Regional Programme on Marine and Coastal Invasive Species’ noted that marine invasive species have been identified as an emerging threat to the marine and coastal ecosystems in the East Asian Seas region. The IGM also expressed its wish to build capacities in COBSEA countries to address the emerging transboundary threat of marine and coastal invasive species, in line with the New Strategic Direction of COBSEA 2008-2012.
During 2009/2010 the COBSEA secretariat developed a “Regional Policy/Strategy” to address the emerging issue of Marine Invasive Species (MIS). This regional policy/strategy was further developed into a “Regional Programme on MIS” that was approved by a regional workshop of national experts and national authorities from all COBSEA countries (August 2009, Bangkok).