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Blue Ventures advocates for holistic conservation at The Ocean Race Summit 2020

The Ocean Race Summit brings together ocean leaders and change-makers to share solutions and winning strategies to help restore ocean health. Hosted by The Ocean Race – a world-renowned team sailing race – this year’s Summit was streamed live from Newport, USA, on Wednesday 16th September, and included panel discussions, Q&A’s and ‘Action Lab’ sessions, ...

The African Marine Conservation Leadership Programme: creating a new movement for conservation

Blue Ventures is joining forces with conservation leadership specialists, Maliasili, to create a new movement for conservation in the Western Indian Ocean.  The African Marine Conservation Leadership Programme brings together a new generation of marine conservation leaders from the Comoros, Kenya and Tanzania, strengthening their skills, confidence and effectiveness to build the capacity of the ...

A step forward for natural climate solutions with a new framework to unlock climate finance for coastal wetlands

The vital importance of coastal wetland conservation and restoration has been recognised with the validation of the first Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) methodology for blue carbon conservation. The methodology will provide a new framework to help conservationists deploy climate finance to blue carbon conservation − a potent natural solution in the fight against climate breakdown. ...

Edinburgh Ocean Leaders 2020 initiative welcomes Blue Ventures’ Head of Monitoring and Evaluation

Edinburgh Ocean Leaders (EOL) is a new leadership programme for exceptional ocean professionals, which this year, welcomes Blue Ventures’ Head of Monitoring and Evaluation, Charlie Gough.  The programme, hosted by the University of Edinburgh, aims to have a lasting impact on the health of the ocean by accelerating the leadership, influence and reach of early-mid ...

New research: Tackling the climate emergency through locally led mangrove conservation

Groundbreaking new research recently published in Ecosystems helps to shed light on the fate of the carbon stored in mangrove soils following deforestation, emphasising the importance of conservation in the face of the climate emergency.  In the context of the climate emergency, mangroves are critical ecosystems to coastal communities across the tropics. Often the only ...

New research: First scientific evidence of overfishing in Madagascar’s small-scale fisheries

Newly published research by Blue Ventures provides the first robust scientific evidence that overfishing is taking place in small-scale fisheries in Madagascar.  The two year study conducted in collaboration with the University of Exeter and Louvain Cooperation, is based on data collected by members of fishing communities from the island’s western Menabe region and published ...

New homestay toolkit: A community based tourism model that works for people and the planet

Homestays are a community based tourism model that allow visitors the opportunity to experience the daily life of their host family and interact with the lived experience of local communities. This often includes community led tourist activities that offer an authentic insight into local knowledge, culture and customs. We believe homestays can have an impact ...

Madagascar health-environment network launches cross-sector COVID-19 resources

In 2019, the Madagascar Population-Health-Environment (PHE) Network celebrated five years of advancing health-environment work in some of the country’s most isolated, under-served and biodiverse zones. In 2020, it is facing potentially the greatest challenge yet – the global COVID-19 pandemic. Whilst network member organisations including Blue Ventures have effectively responded to infectious disease outbreaks in ...

New research: Community conservation means more fish in the sea

New research published this week has shown that community-led marine conservation can increase the size of fish populations − a critical objective for conservationists working to protect coral reefs. The study, published this week in the journal Ocean and Coastal Management, analysed data collected from five community-managed reserves (areas permanently protected from fishing) within the ...

Blue Ventures launches COVID-19 resources hub

As part of Blue Ventures’ COVID-19 response, we have launched our COVID-19 resource hub, which aims to provide a focal point for our staff and partners in the community conservation and small scale fisheries sectors to find reliable and useful information while navigating the pandemic. Designed for partners, allies and wider networks within our sector, ...
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