Correct Answer : Option (A) - UNEP
The United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), along with UK-based charity Reef-World Foundation, recently launched the Green Fins Hub, a global digital platform they said would give sustainable marine tourism a ‘major boost’.
The platform will help diving and snorkelling operators worldwide to make simple, cost-efficient changes to their daily practices by utilising tried and tested solutions, a statement by UNEP said.
It would also help them keep track of their annual improvements and communicate with their communities and customers.
Green Fins Hub will host two types of membership. One would be digital membership available for diving, snorkelling and liveaboard operations globally.
What is Green Fins Hub?
* The Green Fins Hub is the first-ever global marine tourism industry platform.
* It would give sustainable marine tourism a ‘major boost’.
* It is expected to scale up to reach a potential 30,000 operators worldwide from about 700 operators across 14 countries.
* It is intended to catalyse a seismic shift towards sustainability in the marine tourism sector through Green Fins membership.
* Coral reefs are home to at least 25% of marine life, are the mecca for marine-related tourism, contributing up to 40% or more of the gross domestic product in some island nations. However, they are a most vulnerable ecosystem, especially to climate change with the difference between a global temperature rise of 1.5 or 20C being existential for reefs.
* Increasing accessibility of best practice, knowledge and citizen science through the Green Fins Hub could be a game changer in ensuring a future for coral reefs and other fragile marine ecosystems.
* The platform will help diving and snorkelling operators worldwide to make simple, cost-efficient changes to their daily practices by utilising tried and tested solutions.
* It would also help them keep track of their annual improvements and communicate with their communities and customers.
* It aims to protect coral reefs through environment-friendly guidelines promoting sustainable diving and snorkelling.
* It provides the only internationally recognised environmental standards for marine tourism and its robust assessment system measures compliance.
Source : Down to Earth