The Skoll Foundation is one of the leading organisations in the field of social entrepreneurship. Since 1999, the Skoll Foundation has invested approximately $500 million worldwide. In 2015 Al Harris and Blue Ventures were recipients of the Skoll Award providing access to a global network of partners and thought leaders.
The Madagascar Ministry of Environment (Ministère de l’Environnement, de l’Ecologie, de la Mer et des Forêts – MEEMF) works with Blue Ventures to support the local management of marine resources.
The Madagascar Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (Ministère de la Pêche et des Ressources Halieutiques – MPRH) works with Blue Ventures to support the local management of marine resources.
The University of Toliara’s Institute of Fisheries and Marine Sciences (Institut Halieutique et des Sciences Marines – IHSM) works with Blue Ventures to conduct marine research and support locally managed marine areas.
The University of Antananarivo’s Department of Water and Forests in the Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences (Département des Eaux et Forêts de l’Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Agronomiques – ESSA) partners with Blue Ventures to collect and analyse data associated with the Madagascar’s vast and variable mangrove forests.
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is a founding partner of the Velondriake LMMA, and collaborates with Blue Ventures on national and international LMMA networking. It is also a member of the Madagascar Population-Health-Environment network.
WWF partners with Blue Ventures on national and international LMMA networking, and mangrove conservation. It is also a member of the Madagascar Population-Health-Environment network.
Conservation International (CI) partners with Blue Ventures on national and international LMMA networking. It is also a member of the Madagascar Population-Health-Environment network.
Copefrito is the principal seafood collection company in western Madagascar, and private sector partner for Blue Ventures’ sustainable fisheries management programme.
Madagascar’s Fisheries Surveillance Centre (Centre de Surveillance des Pêches – CSP) works with Blue Ventures and local fisher associations to monitor industrial and illegal fishing within locally managed marine areas.
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has supported the development of the Velondriake locally managed marine area since 2007, and is currently supporting all of our LMMAs in Madagascar in addition to the development of Madagascar’s national LMMA network.
The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust is supporting our community-based fisheries management and reproductive health initiatives in Madagascar, with the aim of conserving priority coral reef and mangrove ecosystems.
The UK Department for International Development (DFID) is supporting community-based fisheries management in southwest Madagascar, with a particular focus on empowering local women to become more active in decision-making.
Blue Ventures is partnering with the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) to work towards certifying the octopus fishery in the Toliara region of southwest Madagascar as being managed sustainably.
The Save Our Seas Foundation is supporting our work monitoring southwest Madagascar’s artisanal shark fishery using smart phone technology.
SmartFish has supported the production of an awareness-raising film about our temporary octopus fishery closure model.
Azafady is a British-Malagasy NGO partnership that is being supported by Blue Ventures to replicate our temporary fishery closure model for spiny lobsters with the community of Sainte Luce in southeast Madagascar.
WWF-US’s Russell E. Train Education for Nature Program (EFN) provides financial support to proven and potential conservation leaders in Africa, Asia, and Latin America to gain the skills and knowledge they needed to address the conservation challenges in their home countries. In 2014, EFN provided Blue Ventures with a Conservation Workshop Grant to conduct the workshop “empowering women through new markets for invasive Lionfish jewelry in Belmopan, Belize”.
Bioclimate is a Scottish charity that is being supported by Blue Ventures to replicate our temporary fishery closure model for octopus with women in northern Mozambique.
Shoals Rodrigues has been supported by Blue Ventures to replicate our temporary fishery closure model for octopus in the Mauritian island of Rodrigues.
Dahari is a Comorian NGO that is being advised by Blue Ventures on the development of their community-based marine management and community health programmes.
The LMMA network collaborates with Blue Ventures to raise the profile of locally managed marine areas (LMMAs) at a global level. Blue Ventures and the LMMA network worked together to facilitate several events focused on LMMAs at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Jeju, South Korea, in 2012.
The Sea Around Us Project is working with Blue Ventures to reconstruct fisheries catches in Madagascar and East Africa. The Sea Around Us Project is a collaboration between the University of British Columbia and the Pew Environment Group, aiming to provide an integrated analysis of the impacts of fisheries on marine ecosystems, and devise policies that can mitigate and reverse harmful trends.
Too Big To Ignore (TBTI) is a global research network for small-scale fisheries. Blue Ventures collaborates with the network to enhance the understanding of the real contribution of small-scale fisheries to food security, nutrition, livelihoods, poverty alleviation, wealth generation and trade.
The British Embassy in Antananarivo (Madagascar) takes an active interest in Blue Ventures and is supporting our work developing a locally managed marine area in the Barren Isles, and enabling other conservation organisations to address the unmet health needs of their partner communities by replicating our Population-Health-Environment approach.
The Madagascar National Parks (MNP) service is working with Blue Ventures to support community-based marine management efforts around the Kirindy-Mitea national park near Belo sur Mer.
Blue Ventures is a member of the Consortium for the Conservation of Coastal and Marine Ecosystems in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO-C), which is a group of international and regional organisations supporting coastal and marine ecosystem management in the Western Indian Ocean.
Blue Ventures is a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Blue Ventures is proud to be involved in 50in10’s collaborative initiative to forge new partnerships for sustainable fisheries. This platform offers opportunities to work with others pioneering new approaches to improving fisheries management and sustainability.
The Waterloo Foundation has been supporting Blue Ventures to develop community-based marine conservation initiatives along Madagascar’s west coast since 2012.
The Darwin Initiative, run the the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), is supporting our work developing sustainable financing mechanisms to conserve mangrove biodiversity and alleviate poverty in Madagascar.
UNDP’s Global Environment Facility (GEF) is helping to advance our blue forests programme in Madagascar.
Le Fonds Français pour l’Environnement Mondial (FFEM) supports our community-based mangrove conservation and fisheries management initiatives in northwest Madagascar.
The Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) partners with Blue Ventures to organise experience-sharing workshops, and has supported the development of our blue forests programme.
UNIMA is an aquaculture firm operating in Madagascar, and has provided logistical support to our blue forests initiatives in the Mahajamba Bay area since 2012.
Honko is a Belgian charity working in partnership with coastal communities in southwest Madagascar to reverse the degradation and loss of mangrove forest ecosystems. Blue Ventures is providing technical advice to Honko as it seeks to develop a Plan Vivo project.
Planet Action is a non-profit initiatve supporting projects related to climate change issues by providing geographic information, earth observation images and expertise. Planet Action and their affiliates have been supporting Blue Ventures through generous software and satellite imagery grants since 2012.
The Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) is one of the world’s leading producers of GIS software, and provides Blue Ventures with extensive GIS support including software licenses, which enables our blue forests team to work with geospatial datasets.
Travel to new depths with Explore the Ocean in Google Earth! Blue Ventures has donated data to this pioneering project.
Mission Blue curates Explore the Ocean, which is a collection of ocean-related stories viewable through Google Earth. Through our partnership with Mission Blue, Blue Ventures has now contributed more than 20 bilingual stories to Explore the Ocean.
Norgesvel has been supporting the development of community-based aquaculture in southwest Madagascar since 2010.
Indian Ocean Trepang is a key private sector partner for our aquaculture work, supplying juvenile sea cucumbers reared in their hatchery to be grown out in community managed pens.
CITE is a Malagasy NGO that runs business skills training workshops for our aquaculture farmers.
The Indian Ocean Commission’s ReCoMap project supported the initial development of our community-based aquaculture work, with grants for sea cucumber in 2008 and seaweed in 2009.
The Madagascar Ministry of Public Health (Ministère de la Santé Publique) endorses our community health programme, and we are working to integrate it within their system. We attend regular coordination meetings with Ministry officials, local public health centre staff and partner health agencies in order to harmonise service coverage.
Marie Stopes Madagascar offers long-acting reversible contraceptives in the Velondriake and Belo sur Mer areas as part of our community health programme, and we are working together through the Madagascar Population-Health-Environment Network to support other conservation organisations to address the unmet family planning needs of their partner communities.
Population Services International provided the initial training for our community-based distributors of contraceptives in the Velondriake area, and ensures a reliable supply chain for health products in both Velondriake and Belo sur Mer as part of our community health programme.
MAHEFA (Malagasy Healthy Families) is an initiative run by the John Snow Institute, Inc. and funded by USAID that seeks to improve access to high quality community-based health services. JSI / MAHEFA is partnering with Blue Ventures in the Belo sur Mer area to train our community-based distributors of contraceptives. It is also an active member of the Madagascar Population-Health-Environment Network.
UNFPA Madagascar has supported our community health programme in the Velondriake area, and enabled us to produce a short film about our integrated Population-Health-Environment (PHE) approach.
CHASE Africa’s projects combine mobile health clinics with environmental education and tree-planting in Kenya. We have advised the development of their integrated approach, and they are supporting us to train our community-based distributors of contraceptives to use smart phones for quality assurance and monitoring of health service delivery in Madagascar.
The Woodrow Wilson Center is a US-based forum aiming to tackle global issues through independent research and open dialogue. Our community health programme and integrated Population-Health-Environment (PHE) approach have been featured in the WWC’s events, publications, videos and New Security Beat blog.
The Population Reference Bureau has supported our attendance at several international family planning and Population-Health-Environment (PHE) conferences, and recently featured our work in a multimedia PHE presentation targeting policy makers.
Blue Ventures is a member of the Population and Sustainable Development Alliance (PSDA), which exists to raise awareness about the connections between population dynamics, reproductive health and rights, the environment and sustainable development.
Placencia Producers’ Cooperative Society Limited (PPCSL) works with Blue Ventures in Belize to establish and grow local and export markets for lionfish.
The Sarteneja Alliance for Conservation and Development (SACD) is a community-based organisation dedicated to improving quality of life for communities in the Corozal Bay Wildlife Sanctuary in Belize. Blue Ventures actively supports SACD’s educational, research and monitoring programmes.
Traditional Fisheries is the only commercial supplier of invasive lionfish in the world. Blue Ventures and Traditional Fisheries have been working with Belizean fishing cooperatives to develop export markets to the USA since 2011.
The Healthy Reefs Initiative (HRI) tracks the health of the Meso-American Reef, the human choices that shape it, and our progress in ensuring its long-term integrity. Blue Ventures has been an official partner of HRI since 2012.
Centro Escolar México Junior College (CEMJC) is a Belizean tertiary education institution in the Corozal District. Its mission is to provide opportunities for students from rural communities to engage in tertiary level applied sciences. Blue Ventures works with the Natural Resource Management class on survey techniques, data management, analysis, interpretation and reporting.
The Southern Environmental Association (SEA) is working with Blue Ventures in Belize to tackle the lionfish invasion by coordinating Placencia’s annual lionfish tournament and monitoring lionfish populations to determine effective management strategies.
The Rufford Foundation has supported our turtle research in southwest Madagascar.
The Turtle Conservation Fund has supported our spider tortoise monitoring programme in southwest Madagascar.
The National Geographic Conservation Trust has supported our community-based shark and turtle monitoring programme along Madagascar’s west coast.
The Bohemian Foundation are providing support to Blue Ventures’ work strengthening the capacity of partner organistions in fisheries management and community health programmes in Madagascar and the western Indian Ocean.
EKCT are supporting expansion of Blue Ventures’ integrated community health and fisheries management efforts in the western Indian Ocean.
The Mulago Foundation looks for the best solutions to the biggest problems in the poorest countries. They are unabashedly obsessed with impact: measuring it, funding it, and scaling it up. Mulago has been working with Blue Ventures since 2012, supporting us to develop our strategy for driving the adoption of marine conservation models.
Ashoka is a global organisation that identifies and invests in individuals with innovative and practical ideas for solving today’s social and environmental issues. Alasdair Harris, founder and executive director of Blue Ventures, became an Ashoka fellow in 2007, and to this day Ashoka provides strategic support for Blue Ventures, enabling us to scale the impact of our work.
Google Earth Outreach provides non-profit organisations with unparalleled knowledge and resources for visualising their cause and telling their story. They have equipped us with a suite of powerful mapping tools including Google Earth Pro and Google Maps Engine.
Mendeley is a free reference manager that helps people to organise their research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research. Mendeley provides Blue Ventures with a premium team package allowing us to share reference libraries across our programmes, thus supporting our aim to produce high quality reports and peer-reviewed journal articles.
Synchronicity Earth identifies global priorities for conservation, gaps in funding, and barriers to action in order to seek out solutions that are innovative, effective and sustainable, and to partner with organisations that can deliver results. Synchronicity Earth has been supporting Blue Ventures since 2013.
The Funding Network is a friendly “dragons’ den” for charities and potential donors. They are the UK’s first open giving circle and create social change through collective giving. They have supported scoping for the expansion of our award-winning expeditions.
Safe Software Inc. is the maker of FME® and a global leader in spatial data transformation technology. Safe provides Blue Ventures with software licences and support as an awardee of their FME grant programme.
Journalista is a London-based agency providing specialist communications support to public sector, academic and charitable organisations. Journalista is working with Blue Ventures to communicate the findings of our research and the impact of our programmes to global audiences.
Blue Ventures is a member of the Year Out Group, a non-profit association that helps young people to select suitable and worthwhile gap year projects.
Aqua Lung is the exclusive supplier of diving equipment for Blue Ventures’ expeditions.
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