Blue Ventures works with communities in Madagascar and the Indian Ocean region, supporting them to establish locally appropriate governance systems for the marine resources upon which traditional coastal livelihoods depend.
Marine conservation efforts often fail when short-term costs are perceived to outweigh future benefits, which may be uncertain. We overcome this challenge by demonstrating the short-term economic benefits of marine conservation to fishers and seafood buyers, showing that sustainable fisheries management can reap dividends in realistic timeframes.
Blue Ventures is using mobile technology to address the challenge of data-deficiency in small-scale fisheries, capitalising on the rapid expansion of mobile technology and connectivity in low-income nations. Using open access software, freely available to all, our research teams have developed smartphone- and tablet-based fisheries monitoring forms, to capture landings information in remote villages along Madagascar’s west coast.
Blue Ventures is working with coastal communities and private sector aquaculture businesses in Madagascar to develop viable livelihood activities appropriate to the local environment and culture. Our community-based aquaculture initiative is providing coastal people in southwest Madagascar with new sources of income, allowing improved access to food and education, while alleviating pressure on marine biodiversity.
We work with some of the world’s most isolated coastal communities, whose access to health services is severely limited. In direct response to the unmet family planning needs of Madagascar’s semi-nomadic Vezo fishing communities, we have developed a community health programme which upholds their reproductive rights to freely choose the number and spacing of their births. This initiative is known locally as Safidy, meaning “the freedom to choose”.
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