The second Africa Blue Economy Forum (ABEF) will take place in Tunis on 25-26 June 2019. Blue Ventures will be in attendance to share our experience in community-based aquaculture.
The Summit Foundation supports all lionfish outreach and social marketing, management support to Belioness, and lionfish strategy work, including surveys and community consultations.
We are working with a multidisciplinary team of researchers from the University of Edinburgh to investigate the ecological, biophysical and social considerations of community-based sea cucumber farming.
The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation generously supports a joint project with the University of Edinburgh to develop, evaluate and document community-based aquaculture models.
The MAR Fund coordinated the MAR Lionfish Strategy and have supported lionfish outreach and social marketing, as well as the development of the Belize lionfish strategy and national surveys.
The WWF Russell E. Train Education for Nature Fund supported a workshop in 2015 that led to the establishment of the group, Belize Lionfish Jewelry (Belioness).
This women’s group, made up of 19 women from seven coastal communities across Belize, was established by Blue Ventures in late 2015. Now an independently registered business, Blue Ventures and Belioness work together to promote lionfish jewellery as a ethical fashion choice that supports women’s economic empowerment and lionfish control.
Alex Bogdanoff (NOAA / North Carolina State University) has provided technical support to Blue Ventures’ lionfish management efforts, both generally through collaborative discussion and shared learning and in particular through the creation of a Belize-specific lionfish population model, used in the Belize National Lionfish Management Strategy.
Both Dr James Morris (NOAA) and Alex Bogdanoff (NOAA / North Carolina State University) have provided technical support to Blue Ventures’ lionfish management efforts, both generally through collaborative discussion and shared learning and in particular through the creation of a Belize-specific lionfish population model, used in the Belize National Lionfish Management Strategy.
Prof. Jennifer Solomon at The Warner College of Natural Resources supports all Blue Ventures’ social research associated with lionfish management in Belize, both indirectly in an advisory capacity, as well as directly through conducting research, student placements, survey design, data analysis and interpretation.
Blue Ventures has partnered with the Sarteneja Fishermen Association (SFA) since 2013 to provide lionfish safe handling training to fishers, to promote lionfish consumption, and to support the establishment of the Belize Lionfish Jewelry group – Belioness.
Blue Ventures works with the Belize Fisheries Department to develop Belize’s National Lionfish Management Strategy. This strategy adopts and integrated approach to lionfish management, prioritising effective control and seeking financially-sustainable solutions that maximise benefits to coastal communities.
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 ICCA Consortium is an international association dedicated to promoting the appropriate recognition of and support to ICCAs (territories and areas conserved by indigenous peoples and local communities) in the regional, national and global arena, and we are proud to be included in the list of Members.
We are members of the International Partnership for Blue Carbon, which seeks to protect and conserve coastal blue carbon ecosystems for climate change mitigation and adaptation.
The New England Biolabs Foundation is supporting Blue Ventures’ work with communities to manage Belize’s lionfish invasion, including outreach and social marketing, allowing native marine species and coral reef to recover.
The European Outdoor Conservation Association is funding the development of ecotourism infrastructure in mangroves in northern Madagascar, as well as supporting our youth education work in Ambaro and Ambanja Bays where school children, supported by their communities, gain vital knowledge about mangroves and reforestation as part of our Blue Forests Initiative.
The Vitol Foundation is supporting our community health programme in Madagascar, helping us to reduce maternal and child mortality, improve equitable access to quality primary healthcare, and strengthen the national health system.
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.
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.
Wilstar supports people who initiate sustainable lasting changes to create a better world. They have partnered with Blue Ventures since 2015, supporting our work driving grassroots marine conservations action in Timor-Leste.
The Turing Foundation is providing support to our work assisting partners with fisheries management efforts in Madagascar.
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.
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.
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.
We’re providing ZSL with technical support regarding temporary octopus fishery closures and community-based smart phone fisheries monitoring for their Our Sea Our Life project in Cabo Delgado in Mozambique.
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 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 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.
JSI manages Mahefa Miaraka, a five-year USAID-funded project implemented with Madagascar’s Ministry of Public Health, strengthening the public health system to support community health workers to provide quality healthcare to isolated communities. Blue Ventures is partnering with Mahefa Miaraka in the Menabe and Melaky regions, and recently started exploring opportunities for collaboration in the Diana region.
Barry’s Place Eco-lodge, Atauro, Timor Leste, is a local Timorese owned and operated, permaculture based, social enterprise. They proudly partner with Blue Ventures as expedition base camp, as well as providing support with local relationships and project development.
Mahefa Miaraka is a five-year USAID-funded project managed by JSI with Madagascar’s Ministry of Public Health, strengthening the public health system to support community health workers to provide quality healthcare to isolated communities. Blue Ventures is partnering with Mahefa Miaraka in the Menabe and Melaky regions, and recently started exploring opportunities for collaboration in the Diana region.
USAID Mikolo is a five-year project implemented by Management Sciences for Health (MSH) and its local partners to improve access to community-based health services and promote the adoption of healthy behaviours. Blue Ventures is partnering with USAID Mikolo in southwest Madagascar to train community health volunteers in the management of childhood illnesses.
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.
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.
Blue Ventures are working with to Mwambao to share learning and experiences in community-based fisheries management in the western Indian Ocean.
Copefrito is the principal seafood collection company in western Madagascar, and private sector partner for Blue Ventures’ sustainable fisheries management programme.
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 GEF Dugong and Seagrass Conservation Project executed by The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, with financing from the GEF, implementation support by UNEP and technical support from the CMS Dugong MoU Secretariat supports our work in Madagascar and Timor-Leste.
We’re working to support the Peace Parks Foundation to integrate reproductive health services into their conservation initiatives in the Ponta do Ouro Partial Marine Reserve in Mozambique.
We’re working to support the Endangered Wildlife Trust to integrate reproductive health services and alternative coastal livelihood initiatives into their dugong conservation programme in the Bazaruto Archipelago in Mozambique.
We’re working with Abalobi to identify activities that support local engagement in fisheries management, and ultimately, in broader marine conservation initiatives including Locally Managed Marine Areas with ICT for fisheries as a vehicle to achieve this.
The Darwin Initiative, run by 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.
The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF), is a joint initiative of l’Agence Française de Développement, Conservation International, the European Union, the Global Environment Facility, the Government of Japan, the MacArthur Foundation and the World Bank, and supports our work in the Comoros and with the MIHARI locally managed marine area network in Madagascar.
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.
KCWA is a membership association of coastal community members living on the southern Kenyan coastline about 35 kilometres north of Mombasa, working together since 2003 to create a small permanent marine reserve and establish alternative livelihood initiatives.
BV has supported SEED Madagascar since 2016 to develop its sustainable lobster fishery programme ‘Project Oratsimba’. SEED Madagascar is following the Locally Managed Marine Area approach promoted by BV and thus far the two organisations have undertaken fisher cross visits, exchanged learnings from monitoring and evaluation programs and assisted with project development.
The Save Our Seas Foundation is supporting our work monitoring southwest Madagascar’s artisanal shark fishery using smart phone technology.
The Wildlife Conservation Network are supporting us in our conservation work.
CartoDB makes it easy for anyone to see and understand location data. CartoDB help Blue Ventures to transform perform geospatial analysis, integrating real time data into stunning maps, updating visualizations in real time.
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 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.
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 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).
SmartFish has supported the production of an awareness-raising film about our temporary octopus fishery closure model.
Shoals Rodrigues has been supported by Blue Ventures to replicate our temporary fishery closure model for octopus in the Mauritian island of Rodrigues.
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. We’re also providing technical support with community-based smart phone fisheries monitoring for their Our Sea Our Life project in Cabo Delgado.
Tusk is a dynamic and pioneering organisation with 25 years of experience initiating and funding conservation, community development and environmental education programmes across Africa.
The TerraMar Project is on a mission to transform the way people think about the ocean and value the seas by building a global community of ocean lovers, promoting sustainable management measures for the ocean, combating marine debris and plastic pollution, creating marine protected areas, and impact ocean acidification and warming.
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.
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.
ANA is one of Asia’s leading airline companies and the ANA Group strive to benefit society and help create a future full of possibilities. The Blue Wing programme underscores ANA’s commitment to help tackle global social issues by supporting 6 Changemakers to fly.
The Waterloo Foundation has been supporting Blue Ventures to develop community-based marine conservation initiatives along Madagascar’s west coast since 2012.
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.
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.
Norges Vel 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.
EKCT provides support for the PHE network in Madagascar, through which Blue Ventures exchanges learning with other environmental and health organisations.
The Segal Family Foundation is supporting our work increasing access to sexual and reproductive health services for communities in the Barren Isles – Madagascar’s largest locally managed marine area.
The Rufford Foundation provides support to our efforts scaling up our integrated approach to marine conservation and community health, and also supports our work in Belize. Previously they have supported our turtle research in southwest Madagascar.
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.
Blue Ventures is a member of the UK-based Population & Sustainability Network, which promotes sexual and reproductive health and rights as a critical element of sustainable development.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Our partner law firm Hogan Lovells provides Blue Ventures with legal support and assistance to strengthen and support expansion of our conservation efforts.
Aqua Lung is the exclusive supplier of diving equipment for Blue Ventures’ expeditions.