Known as the spice island, Grenada is gearing up for its second annual Dive Conservation Festival.
The event is a celebration of the country’s aquatic and terrestrial conservation efforts from May 29 to June 5. Since its inception in 2018, the event has evolved to incorporate conservation activities.
The country is said to be leading the way in marine conservation by creating protected areas for endangered species, coral gardening and restoration, regulating plastic waste, and promoting sustainable fishing practices.
The event promises to be an unprecedented gathering of global leaders in marine conservation and provide a platform to raise awareness of these efforts and bring together global marine conservation leaders to discuss further ways to protect oceans.
It will bring together many experts, including government representatives, environmental advocacy organisations, scientists, researchers, and the tourism industry.
Attendees will learn about land and sea conservation practices in Grenada while enjoying conservation discussions and in-person activities throughout the week.
It will start with a special screening of ‘Chasing Coral’ at True Blue Bay Resort and transition into activities on land and underwater, including: wreck diving, reef diving and restoration with Grenada Coral Reef Foundation, lionfish hunting, beach cleanup, sea turtle conservation voluntourism with Ocean Spirits, sustainable sailing with Savy Sailing, and a culinary farm to table experience with Volcan Vegan – Joachim.
There will also be bird watching and closing ceremony.
One of the Festival collaborators and climate activist, Tiffany Geer, stated, “We chose to live in Grenada because of the incredible diversity above and below the surface. We saw how many groups were taking action towards sustainability and we knew this would be a place where we could collaborate with other organisations and make a lasting impact towards a sustainable future.”
This year’s festival is a partnership and collaboration between Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA), Aquanauts Grenada, and several other conservation groups: Sustainable Ocean Alliance, Caribbean Hub, Grenada Coral Restoration Foundation, Ocean Spirits, Savvy Sailing, True Blue Bay Resorts, Blue Horizon Resort, Mount Cinnamon Resort, The Tower Estate, West Indies Beer Company Brewery, Tropical Adventures, Dive Grenada, and climate activists: Tiffany Geer, Kirpa Grewal, Kate Charles, Vaughan Francis, and Volcan Vegan – Joachim.
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