Blue Ventures is delighted to announce it is a Finalist in the Ecosystems Conservation category in the 2012 Katerva Awards, called ‘the Nobel Prize of Sustainability’ by Reuters.
Blue Ventures operates in Madagascar and Belize, working with local communities to demonstrate that sustainable marine management can bring economic benefits as well as preserving marine biodiversity.
Blue Ventures is committed to diversifying coastal livelihoods within its partner communities in Madagascar. This sea cucumber farm provides year-round income to community groups. Copyright Garth Cripps/Blue Ventures
The Katerva awards recognise initiatives with the ability to make the planet a healthier and more sustainable place. The awards aim to find the best, ground-breaking ideas which are identified and judged through a series of evaluation panels made up of the world's leading experts in the field. "Katerva is not just interested in 'good' ideas, the ideas we are after will create big changes in how we live on this planet," says Katerva's founder, innovation guru Terry Waghorn. Founded in 2010, "Katerva's approach places emphasis squarely on action for a sustainable future—creating and implementing solutions to sustainability-related concerns," he says. Katerva is the first truly open worldwide platform for change.
Blue Ventures’ approaches to conservation include ecotourism, sustainable fisheries management, aquaculture and blue carbon. Working with some of the world's poorest coastal people, Blue Ventures develops conservation and poverty alleviation initiatives that protect biodiversity and coastal livelihoods. The results of Blue Ventures’ work helps propose new ideas to benefit coastal communities everywhere.
“By empowering coastal communities to manage their own marine resources and reap the benefits of their management efforts, we’re committed to developing scalable economic incentives for marine conservation” said Alasdair Harris, Founder and Research Director of Blue Ventures. “We’re honoured that our contribution to conservation has being recognised by the Katerva panel, and hope that this recognition will help renew global attention to the critical challenges facing our coasts and oceans.”
Blue Ventures’ innovative conservation programmes, which have been nominated in Katerva’s Ecosystem Conservation Category, have guided national fisheries policy and legislation and been replicated by coastal communities, NGOs, and government agencies along hundreds of kilometres of coastline.Finalists are now submitted to evaluation by Katerva's Impact panel, who rate each nominee's current success and impact on the world, to produce ten Category Winners and the Grand Prize Katerva Award winner. There is also a new People's Choice Award, which will be determined through an online vote. Winners will be announced on 30th January 2013 on the Katerva website, www.katerva.org.
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Jonathan Katz available for interview. We also have high-resolution images of our work in Belize and Madagascar available on request. Please visit www.katerva.org for more information about the Awards.
Alasdair Harris, Research Director, e mail email@example.com Phone +44 (0)20 7697 8598
Richard Nimmo, Managing Director, e mail firstname.lastname@example.org Phone +44 (0)20 7697 8598
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