The Reef-World Foundation is the international coordinator of the UN Environment's Green Fins initiative. Green Fins focuses on driving environmentally friendly scuba diving and snorkelling practices across the industry globally and can be used by governments in their efforts to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 14 (Life below water) and 12 (Responsible consumption and production).

In this interview, JJ Harvey (Director of the Reef-World Foundation) talks about the Green Fins initiative, the new Dive Guide e-Course and why it's so important.

A summary poster to help guide the detection and identification of Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) was designed in early 2019 by MPAConnect, a partnership between the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute and US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Coral Reef Conservation Program with a network of 30 Caribbean coral reef marine protected areas.

The International Year of the Reef (IYOR) 2018 End of year Report has been finalised and is now available for download.

The report features only a small selection of the numerous events and activities that took place over the Year in support of the IYOR ranging from local beach clean-ups to proclamation signings declaring the IYOR. We are grateful for all of the support and enthusiasm you had for the IYOR, and what a success you helped make it.

Although the IYOR 2018 has come to an end, the work that took place during the Year must continue, and we encourage all of you to keep the spirit and message of the IYOR alive.



At the occasion of the G7 Environment Ministers' Meeting held in Metz, France, on May 5th and 6th, the International Coral Reef Initiative was chosen as one of the initiatives to be presented. This was an opportunity to continue to raise the plight for coral reefs and to strengthen the initiative.

The Great Barrier Reef may be the planet's largest living structure, but its underwater landscapes have never been fully mapped - until now.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority is teaming up with the University of Queensland in a collaborative project that will see the Great Barrier Reef's biology and geomorphology mapped in unprecedented 3D detail.

Thanks to technology advancements, spatial experts can now combine state-of-the-art satellite imagery, bathymetry, slope, wave data, climate data, and modelling techniques, as well as project partners' knowledge of reef environments, to fill existing gaps. It builds on more than 20 years of work by remote sensing experts and will combine the knowledge of ecologists, Reef managers and citizen scientists.

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