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, Francisco A. Lacase by email: 

president.sc@cmas.org

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The Board

ARG
Francisco Alberto LACASE
Francisco Alberto LACASE
President Scientific Committee
Phone: +54 9 3518010134
president.sc@cmas.org
ESP
Josep FILLAT i GIL
Josep FILLAT i GIL
SECRETARY
secretary.sc@cmas.org
MEX
Maria Clotilde ZECKUA RAMOS
Maria Clotilde ZECKUA RAMOS
SECRETARY
secretary.sc@cmas.org
MAR
Brahim BENZOUINA
Brahim BENZOUINA
SECRETARY
secretary.sc@cmas.org
FRA
Jacques DUMAS
Jacques DUMAS
Environment & Sustainability Area Director
Environment.Sustainability@cmas.org
ESP
Gustau VIVAR i LOMBARTE
Gustau VIVAR i LOMBARTE
Citizen Science Director
Citizen.Science@cmas.org
CYP
Stravos KANIKLIDES
Stravos KANIKLIDES
Natural Heritage Director
Natural.Heritage@cmas.org
TUR
Hakan ÖNIZ
Hakan ÖNIZ
Cultural Heritage Director
Cultural.Heritage@cmas.org
EGY
Dr. Emad KHALIL
Dr. Emad KHALIL
Scientific Diving Director
Scientific.Diving@cmas.org
ESP
Dr. Alejandro Vera
Dr. Alejandro Vera
Member
TUR
Prof.Dr. Bulent CAVAS
Prof.Dr. Bulent CAVAS
Member
GER
Dipl.-Ing. KNEPEL Gerd
Dipl.-Ing. KNEPEL Gerd
Member
GRE
Xanthie ARGIRIS
Xanthie ARGIRIS
Member
HUN
Tamás BALOG
Tamás BALOG
Member
POR
Prof. Dr. Fernando DUARTE PEREIRA
Prof. Dr. Fernando DUARTE PEREIRA
Member
PHI
Gilbert FOURNIER
Gilbert FOURNIER
Member
POL
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Magdalena NOWAKOWSA
Member
GER
Inkilap OBRUK
Inkilap OBRUK
Member
AUT
Mag. POHL Henrik
Mag. POHL Henrik
Member
POR
Paulo Costa SILVA
Paulo Costa SILVA
Member
TUR
Assoc. Prof. Dr. ?ahin ÖZEN
Assoc. Prof. Dr. ?ahin ÖZEN
Member
CRO
Prof. Dr. Alen SOLDO
Prof. Dr. Alen SOLDO
Member
KUW
Jenan BAHZAD
Jenan BAHZAD
Member
TUR
Prof. Dr. Levent ?AVA?
Prof. Dr. Levent ?AVA?
Member
CAN
Laurent FEY
Laurent FEY
Member
SLO
MSc. Alenka FIDLER
MSc. Alenka FIDLER
Member
TUR
Dr. Bayram ÖZTÜRK
Dr. Bayram ÖZTÜRK
Member
TUR
Mehmet Baki YOKE?
Mehmet Baki YOKE?
Member
MAR
Taha Mohammed
Taha Mohammed
Member