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Friday, March 23, 2007

Putting Your Thoughts to the Care of Our Coral Reefs - The Green Fins Slogan Contest

Bangkok, 13 March 2007 – Tourists, diving and snorkeling enthusiasts in 10 Asian countries will get a chance to pen their thoughts on the preservation and conservation of coral reefs in the Green Fins Slogan Contest which begins today and runs till midnight 30 April 2007. The competition, organized by the East Asian Seas Regional Coordinating Unit ((EAS/RCU), the Secretariat of the Coordinating Body on the Seas of East Asia (COBSEA) seeks to draw attention of tourists, tour and dive operators and the public to the critical conditions of coral reefs in the region and the need for practices that do not worsen the health of an already threatened resource.

More than a third of the world’s coral reefs are found in the East Asian Seas that traverses Australia, Cambodia, the People’s Republic of China, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam. The region also has the highest coral reef biodiversity in the world. However, pollution, tourist activities, and destructive fishing have taken their toll on the reefs which are now in critical and threatened condition. Around 38% of coral reefs in Southeast Asia and over 14% in Northeast Asia have already been destroyed. Many of the 1.3 billion people living within a hundred kilometers of coastal areas of the East Asian Seas region are dependent on reefs resources for
their day-to-day survival.

The Green Fins Slogan Contest will culminate in an award ceremony on 30 May, 2007 that will be held in Phuket, Thailand.

The Green Fins programme was initiated by the EAS/RCU in 2004 to encourage dive and resort operators, and inadvertently clients who use their services, to adopt environmentally-friendly practices when diving or snorkeling around coral reefs. The programme began in Thailand, Indonesia and Philippines, three of the most popular diving destination countries in the region. Sixty five dive operators and 200 divers are members of this programme in Thailand. Green Fins members in Thailand have also been active in monitoring, cleanup events and awareness activities. (More)