London, 2nd November 2009. In 2003, Blue Ventures set out on an ambitious mission: to demonstrate that responsible tourism can be a powerful engine for sustainable, targeted conservation.
Six years on, Blue Ventures has grown into a leading name for the promotion of grass-roots, community-based coastal conservation. In recognition of its progress pioneering new models for marine stewardship, Blue Ventures' founder, Alasdair Harris, has been awarded this year's Condé Nast Traveler Environmental Award.
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.
Blue Ventures' work in
"Our partners in making conservation happen here are some of the most innovative and visionary communities on the planet,” said Al Harris, in
Conservation efforts pioneered by Blue Ventures – including the creation of the largest locally-managed marine reserve in the Indian Ocean – have already guided national policy and been adopted at national and regional levels. And Blue Ventures' work does not stop at creating marine parks. Alongside ‘traditional’ conservation, its programme portfolio encompasses sustainable aquaculture, family planning, shark and turtle research, social marketing, and environmental education. Blue Ventures' work is now focusing on scaling-up conservation activities at national and international levels.
At its core, Blue Ventures is a social enterprise - constantly innovating new approaches to financing marine conservation, and generating almost all of its own conservation funding independently through its non-profit volunteer tourism programmes. Managed from headquarters in
The Condé Nast Traveler Environmental Award joins a growing list of accolades and recognitions awarded to Blue Ventures in recent years for its work in marine conservation and sustainable development, including the prestigious IUCN SEED Award and the United Nations Equator Prize. This month Blue Ventures was also recognised in the
Notes to editors
Blue Ventures is a London-based award-winning marine conservation organisation, dedicated to working with local communities to conserve threatened marine environments.
Our highly acclaimed conservation programmes work with some of the world’s poorest coastal communities to develop conservation and alternative income initiatives to protect biodiversity and coastal livelihoods. The results of our work help us to propose new ideas to benefit coastal communities everywhere.
In recent years Blue Ventures has won widespread international acclaim for its innovate approaches to addressing the challenges faced by coastal communities. Its recent accolades include the United Nations' Equator Prize and SEED Award, two of the most prestigious global awards for biodiversity conservation.
Amongst other achievements Blue Ventures has created the largest community-managed marine reserve in the
Blue Ventures’ programme portfolio encompasses marine and fisheries research, sustainable aquaculture, family planning, environmental education and capacity building, fisheries management and protected area development.
Projects are now focusing on scaling-up conservation activities at national and international levels in the Indian, Pacific and
Blue Ventures is a social enterprise - innovating new approaches to financing marine conservation, and generating almost all of its own conservation funding independently. Business models include highly acclaimed ecotourism and carbon offsetting programmes, as well as community-based sustainable aquaculture projects.
Having diversified revenues considerably in recent years, we are now poised to launch an innovative new model for the sustainable financing of marine reserves, a ground-breaking project with potential for massive replication throughout the world's tropical oceans.
Interviews with Alasdair Harris can be arranged with the Blue Ventures
For more information, please contact Richard Nimmo or Raj Roy on +44 (0)20 3176 0548.
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