December 2017 - MedPAN workshop – Slovenia

At the invitation of the Secretariat of the Mediterranean Protected Areas Network (MedPAN), Reef-World representative James Harvey was invited to join the regional exchange workshop in Izola, Slovenia titled ‘MPAs facing pollution in the Mediterranean: thinking beyond boundaries’ that took place over 4 days (28 Nov. / 1st Dec. 2017). This workshop allowed the Partner and Member states of the Network to share best practice on the design and implementation of specific management strategies associated with mitigating the amount of marine litter enter the Mediterranean Sea. Intertwined with the INTERREG funded ACT4LITTER project, a series of workshops were conducted under a variety of thematic areas with James Harvey invited to present on the Green Fins initiative under the theme of ‘Clean-up initiatives: Engaging stakeholders and promoting co-responsibility.’

Showcasing the work of Green Fins members and its other stakeholders, primarily governments in SE Asia, the presentation titled ‘Green Fins: An approach to sustainable diving and snorkelling’ allowed Mediterranean MPA practitioners to better understand how the GF approach can be used as a tool to engage the SCUBA diving businesses operating within their parks to better manage the impacts from marine litter, notably plastics. There was much engagement and questions following the presentation with interest from Spain, Italy and Croatia.

Reef-World are currently looking at ways to implement the Green Fins approach into the Mediterranean region with support from the UN Regional Seas Conventions and Actions Plans (RSCA) via the Mediterranean Action Pan (MAP) and associated departments.

If you are a dive centre based in the Mediterranean and are interested in joining Green Fins to help reduce your impact when carrying out your business activities, then please get in touch via [email protected]