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4
Jun

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 ...
2
Jun

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 ...
11
May

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 ...
6
May

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 ...
29
Apr

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, ...
23
Apr

Mongabay: COVID underscores the urgency of holistic community-based approaches to conservation

This article was first published as a commentary on Mongabay on April 22nd 2020 Impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on vulnerable communities in the Global South go far beyond the looming public health emergency.  The broader economic and environmental ramifications are of profound importance to biodiversity conservation. How the conservation movement responds will determine our relevance ...
24
Mar

Blue Ventures celebrates International Day of Forests 2020

Saturday 21st March marked International Day of Forests 2020, established by the United Nations (UN). As an organisation whose work centres around the natural environment, and with our pioneering Blue Forests programme, we wanted to join in the celebration. We created a short video to showcase the invaluable role that mangrove forests play, as a ...
20
Mar

Madagascar health-environment

A broad human rights-based approach is vital for removing barriers to community engagement in conservation. Discover more in Madagascar health-environment
20
Mar

Safari Doctors and Northern Rangelands Trust release short film about their Pamoja Project in Kenya

In 2019, Blue Ventures supported our partners Safari Doctors and Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) in securing access to a documentary crew willing to produce a short film about their pioneering health-environment work in Lamu County, Kenya. The short film, ‘Pamoja’ – meaning ‘together’ in Swahili – explores Safari Doctors, NRT and Blue Ventures’ current collaborative ...
13
Mar

Blue Ventures joins global campaign to #StopFundingOverfishing

Blue Ventures is one of a tide of organisations that have come together to call on the members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to deliver on their commitment to end the subsidies that enable global overfishing, through the international #StopFundingOverfishing campaign. The world’s oceans are under threat from overfishing by fleets of commercial fishing ...
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