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Jul

Blue Ventures Releases New Study of Traditional Ecological Knowledge of Vezo People of Madagascar

The study looked at religious beliefs, historical use of marine resources, daily activities, economic dependence on fisheries, local knowledge of environmental changes as well as other cultural issues.The information is critical for developing effective conservation strategies that will benefit both local communities and threatened marine resources.“To make coral reef protection effective in an underdeveloped community ...
2
May

New “Birds of Andavadoaka” Guide Now Available

It is available on-line at: http://blueventures.org/images/downloads/predeparture/Birds-of-Andavadoaka.pdf New! Listen to recordings of Malagasy birdsong Researchers Peter Long and Richard French-Constant compiled the guide following a detailed study last year of important bird habitats in the region, including saltmarshes, mangroves, Euphorbia scrub, spiny forest, beaches and offshore islands. The research showed that Andavadoaka and its surroundings possess ...
22
Mar

Blue Ventures Assists Research Expedition to Chagos Archipelago

The archipelago, also known as British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT), lies in the centre of the Indian Ocean between 5 and 7 degrees south, and consists of five coral reef atolls. The central feature of the archipelago is the Great Chagos Bank, the world's largest coral atoll. There are some 50 islands scattered across the ...
1
Dec

Blue Ventures Represents United Kingdom in Global Youth Delegation Attending UN Climate Change Negotiations in Canada

“As youth, we have the right to shape the world we live in,” the declaration said. “We are already taking steps in our own lives and communities to realize our vision and we demand that our leaders do the same.”The UN talks were the first meeting of the countries that signed the Kyoto Protocol, an ...
15
Nov

Blue Ventures’ Founders Receive Special Commendation at Enterprising Young Brits Awards – Chancellor Gordon Brown Leads Ceremonies for Award Winners

Chancellor Gordon Brown said; ‘All of the finalists are winners – they are creating new opportunities and advancing new ideas to create an enterprising society. Do not underestimate the power you have to encourage others – you are making your mark by showing that enterprise is changing the face of Britain.’ Kevin Steele, of the ...
10
Aug

Blue Ventures’ Volunteer Launches International Letter Exchange Programme Between Students in United States and Madagascar

“I thought the letter exchange would provide a great conduit to expose our fourth graders to a unique culture, as well as connect them more directly to an area we are studying in science,” Johnson said. “In addition, it provides them with an opportunity to see how other cultures are often very similar to ours ...
1
Aug

Blue Ventures Discusses Community Conservation at World Youth Congress in Scotland

The Youth Congress, held in Stirling, aimed at promoting the role that young people can play in the field of sustainable development and the achievement of the UN's Millennium Development Goals.More than 600 of the world’s most dynamic young activists in the field of sustainable development, from over 120 different countries, attended the Congress to ...
6
Jun

Hundreds Turn Out to Take Advantage of Large Octopus Catches During Reopening of Andavadoaka’s First Community-run Octopus No-take Zone

The NTZ was launched eight months earlier, on 1st November 2004, by Blue Ventures, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the fishing company Copefrito. The NTZ, which closed the area to octopus fishing, is aimed at not only promoting the long-term survival of octopus species but also at increasing the catch of local fishers.Blue Ventures ...
5
Jun

Blue Ventures Leads Beach Clean-up Competition In Madagascar for World Environment Day

The eager competitors were gathered into seven groups and the importance of clearing up rubbish, (and, more importantly not creating it in the first place!) was explained, along with the rules of the game. When the starting signal was finally given each group set off to gather as much rubbish as possible, with the group ...
15
Apr

Blue Ventures Wins Prestigious SEED Award from the United Nations and World Conservation Union

Blue Ventures, one of five winners to receive the award during a gala ceremony in New York, is the first European organization to ever win the prize.The awards are run by the Seed Initiative, a partnership between the The World Conservation Union (IUCN), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the United Nations Development Programme ...
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