The Reef-World Foundation has announced the qualification of new Green Fins Assessors in Egypt.
The “Train the Trainer” program took place in October 2022. Green Fins Egypt now has a full complement of staff with three certified Green Fins Trainers and nine Green Fins Assessors.
Launched in 2019, Green Fins Egypt was piloted in South Sinai with the collaboration of the Chamber of Diving and Watersports CDWS. The program aims to encourage a more sustainable tourism sector by providing knowledge and training to reduce the impact on the marine environment in the area.
According to Chamber of Diving & Watersports Chairman Mostafa Hefny:
“Green Fins is raising awareness of the diving industry on the importance of sustainability and providing useful solutions to our problems. Egypt is leading the way in sustainable diving in the Middle East and African region.”
While Chloe Harvey, the director at the Reef-World Foundation, stated:
“The team behind Green Fins in Egypt are such a unique mix of individuals with decades of diving experience and more than 100,000 dives between them. The team is constantly breaking down barriers and thinking really innovatively to work with the industry to overcome some systemic patterns of behavior. By building their capacity to now train new assessors, they are more sustainable as a national team and can plan ahead to ensure they have the right people in the right places to continue to drive change within the marine tourism industry. I’m really hopeful that as the Green Fins network in Egypt grows, we can engage the right government agencies in further supporting the future sustainability of the Egyptian diving and snorkelling industry.”
You can find out more about the Reef-World Foundation here.