Awards

Our work has received critical acclaim from the environmental conservation, sustainable development, public health, social entrepreneurship and responsible volunteering sectors.

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British Youth Travel Awards, 2014

Finalist in the “Best Volunteering Organisation” category.

The awards, organised by the British Educational Travel Association (BETA), celebrate the work and success of organisations engaged in youth, student and educational travel. We’re delighted to announce that BV was awarded silver in the Best Volunteering Organisation category at the #BYTA2014 awards. We are very pleased to have our marine conservation expeditions recognised by this industry-leading award!

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The St Andrews Prize for the Environment, 2014

Winner of the St Andrews Prize for the Environment

The St Andrews Prize for the Environment recognises practical solutions to environmental challenges that are developed and implemented by multi-disciplinary teams or community groups. The purpose of the prize is to identify and reward entrepreneurs with original and practical ideas for coping with specific environmental problems. Such ideas must be designed to lead to action and be easy to replicate elsewhere, taking account of their social and economic implications. The judging panel selected Blue Ventures’ integrated Population-Health-Environment (PHE) approach for the prize following two days of presentations and intense discussions in St Andrews.

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Excellence in Leadership for Family Planning (EXCELL) Award, 2013

Winner in the Excellence in Leadership for Family Planning (EXCELL) awards

The inaugural Excellence in Leadership for Family Planning (EXCELL) awards were announced at the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in November 2013. They recognise major breakthroughs in the areas of family planning demand generation, service provision, research and advocacy. They celebrate progress that is being made by governments, organisations and individuals to increase access to voluntary family planning information and services in line with the rights-based principles of FP2020. The selection committee, convened by the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health, judged nominations on the basis of their proven impact and potential reach. Blue Ventures was one of just two organisations to receive an EXCELL award at this global event, with the selection committee praising its integrated Population-Health-Environment (PHE) approach.

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Tusk Award for Conservation, 2013

Highly Commended in the Tusk Award for Conservation

The Tusk Awards, established in partnership with Investec Asset Management, recognise and highlight the work of dedicated conservationists across Africa.

Dr Alasdair Harris received a Highly Commended prize in the inaugural year of this award from HRH The Duke of Cambridge for his work with communities along the Madagascar coast, as founder and research director of Blue Ventures Conservation. Harris’s initiatives protect marine biodiversity and safeguard traditional coastal livelihoods, creating a thriving new marine conservation movement in the region.

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British Youth Travel Awards, 2012

Winner in the “Best Volunteering Organisation” category.

The awards, organised by the British Educational Travel Association (BETA), celebrate the work and success of organisations engaged in youth, student and educational travel

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Buckminster Fuller Challenge, 2011

“For developing a comprehensive, integrated, solution that has significant potential to solve one of humanity’s most pressing problems.”

In 2011, Blue Ventures was selected from 165 entries as winners of the prestigious Buckminster Fuller Challenge, an award of $100,000, for its work to protect marine resources and improve the livelihoods of poor coastal communities in Madagascar. The Buckminster Fuller Institute is dedicated to accelerating the development of solutions which radically advance human well-being and the health of our planet’s ecosystems. BFI recognised Blue Ventures for its unique whole-system approach – combining scientific research, the development of sustainable aquaculture, family planning support, environmental education, and the creation of community-led protected areas – to bring direct benefits to both people and nature.

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Katerva Awards, 2012

Finalist in Ecosystem Conservation Category

The Katerva Awards are the pinnacle of global sustainability recognition. Through them, the best ideas on the planet are identified, refined and accelerated toward impact at a global level.

“If the Nobel Society had an award for sustainability, it would resemble the Katerva Awards, a new international prize for the most promising ideas and efforts to advance the planet toward sustainability.”

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British Youth Travel Awards, 2011

Finalist in the “Green Tourism” category.

The awards, organised by the British Educational Travel Association (BETA), celebrate the work and success of organisations engaged in youth, student and educational travel. The Green Tourism award is for youth travel organisations working to maximise their positive impact on the environment and local community.

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Responsible Tourism Awards, 2010

Winner in the “Best Volunteering Organisation” category.

The Responsible Tourism Awards are the most competitive and prestigious awards of their kind in the world and are a collaboration between responsibletravel.com, who founded and organise the awards, UK media partners Metro Newspaper and Geographical Magazine, and World Travel Market, who host the Awards ceremony.

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Observer Ethical Awards, 2010

Blue Ventures was commended for creating the Indian Ocean’s first replicable blueprint for community-centred marine and coastal conservation planning.

Working alongside some of the world’s poorest coastal communities, and drawing on international resources, Blue Ventures has created a model for community members to actively implement, manage and monitor marine conservation strategies.

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Ashoka and National Geographic Geotourism Challenge, 2010

Blue Ventures was selected as one of 12 finalists, winning a joint prize from StepUp Travel, MatadorU, Xola Consulting and the Adventure Travel Trade Association.

Places on the Edge: Saving Coastal and Freshwater Destinations, was a competition to identify innovative solutions allowing coastal destinations to protect the environment and strengthen the heritage and livelihoods of local residents.

You can read more about our entry on the changemakers website >

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IUCN Young Conservationist Award, 2010

Blue Ventures’ Research Director Alasdair Harris was selected as winner of the 2010 Young Conservationist Award, an award by the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas and the International Ranger Federation which honours outstanding achievements by young people in the world’s protected areas.

Al, a founding Director of Blue Ventures, has spent a decade promoting the cause of marine conservation and research in the western Indian Ocean. His work has focused on developing new models for the sustainable financing of marine conservation in the region. Conservation initiatives piloted by Blue Ventures have won international acclaim for their contribution to biodiversity conservation and poverty alleviation.

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Responsible Tourism Awards, 2009

Highly commended in the “Best in a Marine Environment” category.

The Responsible Tourism Awards are the most competitive and prestigious awards of their kind in the world and are a collaboration between responsibletravel.com, who founded and organise the Awards, UK media partners The Daily Telegraph and Geographical Magazine, and World Travel Market, who host the Awards ceremony.

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Future 100 Young Social Entrepreneurs, 2009

Al Harris named one of the Future 100 Young Social Entrepreneurs, 2009

The Future 100 Awards recognises young entrepreneurs demonstrating flair and innovation in running a responsible business venture – one which demonstrates a balance between economic, environmental and social goals.

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Condé Nast Traveler Environmental Award, 2009

For two decades, Condé Nast Traveler has been honouring environmental visionaries around the world who have found innovative solutions to seemingly intractable problems. Each year, Condé Nast receives hundreds of nominations and, with the help of a panel of expert judges, selects one winner and three runners-up.

In 2009, Blue Ventures’ work in Madagascar won international acclaim for its progress in demonstrating the sustainable economic benefits of responsible marine stewardship. Madagascar is widely regarded as the world’s most critical conservation priority, yet the island continent faces massive environmental problems linked to climate change, population growth and over-exploitation of natural resources.

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Responsible Tourism Awards, 2008

Highly commended in the “Best Volunteering Organisation” category.

The Responsible Tourism Awards are sponsored by responsibletravel.com, Virgin Holidays, The Daily Telegraph, Geographical Magazine and BBC World News, and the World Travel Market. The awards are the most competitive and prestigious awards of their kind in the world.

The awards recognise tourism ventures that make a positive contribution to conservation and the economies of local communities while minimising any negative impacts of tourism.

More than 1,900 tour operators from across the globe were nominated for the awards.

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Ashoka and National Geographic Geotourism Challenge, 2008

Blue Ventures was selected as one of 14 finalists from 516 nominations, from 89 countries.

The goal of the Geotourism Challenge is to identify and showcase innovators – individuals and organisations that support the approach known as geotourism: tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place, its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents.

You can read more about our entry at http://www.changemakers.com/competition/geotourism2008/entries/using-tourism-conservation-tool-protect-people-and

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Responsible Tourism Awards, 2007

Highly commended in the “Best in a Marine Environment” category.

The Responsible Tourism Awards are sponsored by responsibletravel.com, Virgin Holidays, The Times, the World Travel Market and Geographical magazine. The awards recognise tourism ventures that make a positive contribution to conservation and the economies of local communities while minimising any negative impacts of tourism.

More than 1,700 tour operators from across the globe were nominated for the awards.

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Equator Prize (United Nations Development Programme), 2007

Blue Ventures’ partnership with the village of Andavadoaka won the UNDP Equator Prize in recognition of outstanding community efforts for poverty reduction and biodiversity conservation.

Blue Ventures worked with Andavadoaka in 2004 to establish the world’s first community-run octopus no-take zone. The strategy, which created seasonal closures, not only ensures the long-term survival of octopus populations, but also results in greater yields for fishermen when the closures are opened each season.

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Responsible Tourism Awards, 2006

Highly commended in the “Best Volunteering Organisation” category.

The First Choice Responsible Tourism Awards are sponsored by responsibletravel.com, The Times and Geographical Magazine.

The awards are the largest of their kind and recognise tourism organisations that respect and benefit local people and places. Blue Ventures was chosen from among 1,200 nominations.

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Skål International Eco-tourism Awards, 2006

Winner of the “General Countryside” category from Skal, the world’s largest organisation of travel and tourism professionals.

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Enterprising Young Brits Awards, 2005 and 2006

Enterprising Young Brits Awards, 2005 and 2006

Blue Ventures was highly commended for two consecutive years by then UK Chancellor, Gordon Brown, in the ‘social and environment’ category of this national enterprise competition.

Chancellor Gordon Brown said; ‘All of the finalists are winners – they are creating new opportunities and advancing new ideas to create an enterprising society. Do not underestimate the power you have to encourage others – you are making your mark by showing that enterprise is changing the face of Britain.’

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United Nations SEED Award (UNDP, UNEP, IUCN), 2005

Blue Ventures won this prestigious award along with our community partners in recognition of innovative, locally-driven partnerships delivering sustainable development and livelihoods. Winners were selected from over 260 entries from 66 countries, representing 1,200 organisations.

Blue Ventures’ partnership project ‘Madagascar’s first community-run, experimental Marine Protected Area’ was chosen as a ‘shining example of how economic development and environmental protection can go hand in hand,’ according to the international panel which made the selection.

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Responsible Tourism Awards, 2004

Highly commended in the “Best in a Marine Environment” category.

The awards recognise companies and organisations in the travel industry that are making a significant commitment to ‘responsible’ tourism – that is, projects which make a positive contribution to conservation and the economies of local communities, while minimizing the negative impacts that tourism can have.

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