The Reef-World Foundation

Member Since 2016
The Reef-World Foundation


The Reef-World Foundation is a UK-based charity that has worked with local people to conserve coral reefs in South East Asia, the world centre for biodiversity, for over 20 years. Its field of expertise is working with both the marine tourism industry community and local communities to provide information about coral reefs and the associated marine life and helping members of those communities find their own role in wider plans to protect reefs and related ecosystems in the face of a changing climate.

The Green Fins initiative for sustainable dive tourism was originally established by UNEP and Reef World in 2004. Reef-World participates in the UNEP-Regional Seas Global Coral Reef Partnership, and is the lead technical partner on Green Fins development and implementation internationally. The approach encompasses three main elements; a 15-point environmental code of conduct for dive centres complemented by a robust assessment system to monitor and promote compliance; support towards developing or strengthening implementation of relevant regulatory frameworks; and strategic outreach to and capacity building among dive centres and their customers as well as government partners. Green Fins has been introduced to six countries in Asia and the total membership has stands at over 400 diving and snorkelling operators who are continuously improving their business practices to mitigate negative environmental impacts.

PATA & The Reef-World Foundation signed an organisational partnership agreement in March 2016 recognising the positive impacts that their mutual support and endorsement can have in the areas of marine conservation and in the sustainable development of marine initiatives and opportunities.

The specific objectives of this partnership include the mutual support and endorsement of both organisations, as well as collaboration in awareness building and knowledge sharing on related issues. As part of the agreement, PATA officially endorses Reef-World and Green Fins, a management approach to promote and measure compliance to an environmental code of conduct for sustainable diving and snorkelling activities for destinations, dive operators and related ancillary products and services. PATA members will also have access to relevant information that relates specifically to diving, snorkelling and marine tourism.


The Reef-World Foundation
Bwthyn Banadlen, Brynteg, Anglesey, United Kingdom, LL78 7 JH


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