30
Oct

Data-driven insights guide reform to safeguard Madagascar’s booming mud crab fishery

Madagascar’s Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, HE Augustin Andriamananoro, recently hosted three landmark workshops in Morondava, Ambanja and Antananarivo, to discuss the future of the island’s lucrative mangrove mud crab fishery. The three events brought together over 200 attendees from across the fishery supply chain, from fishers to exporters, researchers and government representatives. Having ...
31
Jul

Advancing Madagascar’s bold blue vision for marine protection

The implementation of an exclusive fishing zone for Madagascar’s small-scale fishers was the subject of a meeting between the Minister of Fisheries and staff from the MIHARI Network and Blue Ventures. The landmark meeting at the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources in Antananarivo on 19th July 2018 began with a speech from Mr Hermany ...
13
Jul

The community of Darawa village begin managing their octopus fishery

Since October 2016, Blue Ventures has partnered with FORKANI – an Indonesian community-based organisation working in the Wakatobi archipelago to secure community management rights of local marine resources. Over the last 15 months, FORKANI has been facilitating community-based monitoring and management efforts of the octopus fishery in Darawa village, engaging with fishers, village government, traditional ...
9
Jul

Sharing learning across the sea: new Kenyan partners visit Madagascar

Learning exchange programmes have proven a highly effective way of engaging fishing communities and partner organisations in peer-to-peer learning, to energise and inspire those wishing to share knowledge and expertise in fisheries management and marine conservation. In April 2018 seven representatives from northern Kenya, from TNC Kenya, the Northern Rangelands Trust and the Pate Marine ...
8
Jun

New research: The expansion of Madagascar’s protected area network

Between 2003 and 2016, Madagascar’s protected area coverage quadrupled. Such unprecedented growth brought great hope, some notable successes and a host of new challenges for the island’s conservation community. Co-authored by Charlie Gardner from the University of Kent and other practitioners involved in the evolution of the island’s protected area system, including Blue Ventures’ Executive ...
5
Jun

Madagascar PHE Network: Introduction of PHE quality charter

Twenty health and environmental organisations in Madagascar – including Blue Ventures – have signed the world’s very first PHE quality charter, signalling their commitment to rights-based PHE partnerships designed to improve the health of people and the environment. Madagascar’s PHE movement has been growing rapidly since the creation of a national PHE network in July ...
10
May

Roger Samba and J. Paul Getty Scholarship Programme Announcement

A symposium event was held on the 8th and 9th of May to officially close the Roger Samba and J. Paul Getty Scholarship Programme. Mr. Roger Samba won the Paul Getty Award for his Leadership in Conservation in 2008 while he was the president of the isolated village of Andavadoaka in southwest Madagascar. Mr. Samba ...
30
Apr

Pilot trawling ban is not renewed, threatening traditional fisheries

Madagascar’s largest protected area, the Barren Isles Locally Managed Marine Area (LMMA) in northwest Madagascar, was lauded by the national Government on its creation in 2014 for pioneering a new model for marine resource management. By providing a collaborative management platform, LMMAs unite communities and their organisational partners under a set of common goals. At ...
20
Apr

Sustained benefits from local fisheries management on Fundo Island

The community of Ndooni village on Fundo Island in Pemba, Zanzibar, has witnessed a massive return on investment thanks to its new locally led fisheries management regime – the introduction of temporary octopus fishery closures. With support from Tanzanian organisation MWAMBAO, the community initially closed its octopus fishery for three months last year to allow ...
6
Apr

Blue Ventures awarded Certificate of Recognition for environmental education programme

Madagascar’s Ministry of National Education awarded Blue Ventures a “Certificat de Reconnaisse”, acknowledging the contribution of our thriving environmental education programme to the Ambanja region in the island’s northwest. Our Environmental Education Officer Alban Aoemba (third from left, above) proudly received the certificate during Ambanja’s “School Day” celebrations, part of an annual event that occurs across ...
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