About the Underwater Environment

About the CMAS Scientific & Sustainability Committee

The main task of the CMAS Scientific & Sustainability Committee (SC) is to bring into focus the important issues related to the freshwater and marine underwater world.

Respect for Environment and Cultural Heritage
Diving and snorkelling must be practiced in such a way that none of the sites where diving takes place are affected The environmental and cultural resources, such as for instance animals, plants, geological formations, and underwater cultural heritage sites, have to be preserved. Commercial or personal interests do not justify negatively affecting the environment or the  underwater cultural heritage sites.

Quality Training
Training must ensure that divers acquire sufficient level of theoretical knowledge and practical experience for that purpose. It shall also ensure that the natural environment and underwater cultural heritage sites will not be affected by the diver. For this purpose, instructors shall be fully aware of the ethics of sustainable diving and be a role model.

Respecting Rules
To make sure that the environment and underwater cultural heritage sites are not disturbed during diving and snorkelling, divers must inform themselves about local Marine Protected Areas, environmental rules and regulations and abide by all local, regional, national and international environmental legislations, regulations and customs.

Encouraging Sustainable Dive Tourism
Divers shall ensure that they do not have a negative effect on the environment, for instance by causing noise, disturbing the behaviour of animals, damaging reef structures or underwater cultural heritage sites (wrecks, finds) or pollution, like sun cream or plastic debris. Divers should encourage sustainable tourism that provides economic benefits to local communities, respects cultural values, and minimizes environmental degradation for the long-term benefit of present and future generations.

Commitment to Active Protection
Divers are encouraged to create or participate in underwater monitoring projects, in order to detect and point out changes of a natural habitat or of underwater cultural heritage sites. Divers should participate in clean-up activities to collect polluting materials, such as plastics or abandoned fishing nets. Divers shall restrain from collecting or selling protected marine materials, such as corals, shells, or cultural heritage objects, such as amphorae or coins. Divers shall practice a no-contact policy. They shall not feed and disturb wild animals and avoid touching them.

Being prepared not to dive at all
In case of the risk of lasting damage to nature or underwater cultural heritage sites, divers must – without being asked and on their own initiative – abstain from exercising their sport.

Responsibility for Others
Divers shall encourage their buddies, as well as dive and tour operators to behave in a responsible and sustainable way. They shall use their influence to prevent violations of sustainable diving rules and destructions of the natural environment or underwater cultural heritage sites by others.


Organisation:

  • The President is part of the CMAS Steering Committee and Board of Directors. He leads and guides the Scientific & Sustainability Committee members and is the representative in several oranisations like the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO) and UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage, 2001.
  • The Secretary ensures the smooth running of the Scientific & Sustainability Committee, organise meetings, issues agendas and minutes.
  • The Directors of the sections „Biology & Conservation“, „Underwater Cultural Heritage“ and „Scientific Diving“ are responsible for their section and scientific topics in the Scientific & Sustainability Committee.
  • The Members assist their President and Directors within their sections in the Scientific & Sustainability Committee.


If you have any comments or questions please contact the President of the Scientific & Sustainability Committee, Prof. Dr. Ralph O. Schill by email: 

ralph.schill@cmas.org

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The Board

GER
Prof. Dr. Ralph O.SCHILL
Prof. Dr. Ralph O.SCHILL
President Scientific Committee
ralph.schill@cmas.org
TUR
Prof.Dr. Bulent CAVAS
Prof.Dr. Bulent CAVAS
Secretary
Phone: +90 532 4267927
Office: +90 232 3012333
Fax: +90 232 4204895
bulentcavas@gmail.com
GER
Dipl.-Ing. KNEPEL Gerd
Dipl.-Ing. KNEPEL Gerd
Underwater Cultural Heritage Director
gerd.knepel@cmas.org
GRE
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Xanthie ARGIRIS
Member - Underwater Cultural Heritage
HUN
Tamás BALOG
Tamás BALOG
Member - Underwater Cultural Heritage
POR
Prof. Dr. Fernando DUARTE PEREIRA
Prof. Dr. Fernando DUARTE PEREIRA
Member - Underwater Cultural Heritage
fernando.pereira@fpas.pt  | fpereira@fmh.ulisboa.pt
PHI
Gilbert FOURNIER
Gilbert FOURNIER
Member – Underwater Cultural Hertiage
gilbert.fournier@cmas.org
EGY
Dr. Emad KHALIL
Dr. Emad KHALIL
Member – Underwater Cultural Heritage
emad.khalil@cmas.org
POL
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Magdalena NOWAKOWSA
Member - Underwater Cultural Heritage
TUR
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Inkilap OBRUK
Member - Underwater Cultural Heritage
Phone: 0090 532 427 99 99
iobruk@gmail.com
TUR
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Hakan ÖNIZ
Member - Underwater Cultural Heritage
Phone: 0090 546 873 14 96
hakan.oniz@gmail.com
AUT
Mag. POHL Henrik
Mag. POHL Henrik
Member - Underwater cultural Heritage
henrik.pohl@cmas.org
POR
Paulo Costa SILVA
Paulo Costa SILVA
Scientific Diving Director
RUS
Dr. Sergei FAZLULLIN
Dr. Sergei FAZLULLIN
Member - Scientific Diving
sergei.fazlullin@cmas.org
CRO
Prof. Dr. Alen SOLDO
Prof. Dr. Alen SOLDO
Member - Scientific Diving
alen.soldo@cmas.org
ESP
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Gustavo Adolfo VIVAR LOMBARTE
Member - Scientific Diving
MEX
Maria Clotilde ZECKUA RAMOS
Maria Clotilde ZECKUA RAMOS
Biology & Conservation Director
clotilde.zeckua@cmas.org
KUW
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Jenan BAHZAD
Member - Biology & Conservation
TUR
Prof. Dr. Levent ҪAVAȘ
Prof. Dr. Levent ҪAVAȘ
Member - Biology & Conservation
Phone: 0090 506 504 73 80
lcavas@hotmail.com
CAN
Laurent FEY
Laurent FEY
Member - Biology & Conservation
SLO
MSc. Alenka FIDLER
MSc. Alenka FIDLER
Member - Biology & Conservation
Phone: 00386 31 625 729
alenka.fidler@gmail.com
TUR
Dr. Bayram ÖZTÜRK
Dr. Bayram ÖZTÜRK
Member - Biology & Conservation
Phone: 0090 532 761 11 40
ozturkb@istanbul.edu.tr
TUR
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Mehmet Baki YOKEȘ
Member - Biology & Conservation
Phone: 0090 542 514 84 04
bakiyokes@gmail.com