King’s Water PhD researcher Becca Farnum attended the London International Dive Show 14-15 February to talk about the work of the Kuwait Dive Team, a volunteer organisation working to preserve and protect the marine environment of the Gulf.
Becca traveled to Kuwait in October 2014 in order to learn more about the Team and shadow their operations – where her research on environmental diplomacy took her under the sea for her first scuba dive!
The Team uses their salvage and rescue expertise to do people-to-people diplomacy. They asked Becca to present about their activities at the Show, encouraging tourist divers to volunteer to protect the marine environment they so enjoy exploring. Three of the Team’s volunteers came to London from Kuwait to share the Team’s message and forge partnerships with British conservation organisations. Becca and the Team’s Beach Cleanup Head led a session in the Scuba Youth Zone, teaching young attendees about the dangers of pollution in the water.