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Sep

Rapid expansion of locally-managed marine conservation in Madagascar

Working with Madagascar's national marine institute and local NGOs this pioneering programme aims to develop over 50 locally-managed marine reserves during the 5-year project.  The initiative was inspired by the success of Madagascar's first experimental no-take-zone for octopus. This project was developed by the UK-based conservation NGO Blue Ventures working in partnership with the remote ...
15
Jul

First hatching of Green Turtles recorded in southwest Madagascar as a direct result of conservation efforts

In a move unprecedented in southwest Madagascar, residents of the remote village of Lamboara have now voted to protect surrounding beaches, outlawing turtle nest raiding and targeted turtle fishing. The emergence of 92 live hatchlings marks the success of an awareness-raising campaign launched by Blue Ventures two years ago. This aims to find and protect ...
3
Jun

Blue Ventures selected as a Geotourism Finalist

A prestigious panel of judges selected the 14 finalists from 332 entries, from 83 countries. The "Geotourism Challenge: Celebrating Places/Changing Lives" competition is a collaboration of National Geographic's Center for Sustainable Destinations and Ashoka's Changemakers. Blue Ventures' entry -- "Using tourism as a conservation tool to protect people and nature" -- was selected for an ...
11
May

Andavadoaka honoured by UNDP Equator Prize

In 2006 the village of Andavadoaka was nominated with Blue Ventures for the UNDP Equator Prize. The Equator Prize is awarded to recognise and celebrate outstanding community efforts to reduce poverty through the conservation of biodiversity. One prize is awarded in each region of eligibility (Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia and the ...
24
Apr

BV presents keynote at environmental youth conference in Bermuda

Sophie Benbow, Blue Ventures Research Development Coordinator, was invited to deliver the keynote lecture at this conference, presenting a history of Blue Ventures Conservation following the conference theme of ‘The Power of One’. More than 70 children aged between 8 and 16 attended the 2-day conference and closing ceremony. Sophie also gave a free public ...
25
Mar

Industry watchdog Which? commends Blue Ventures’ Carbon Offset

The report, which looks at the rapidly-growing carbon offsetting market and regulations governing the industry, compares 13 offset providers across UK, highlighting the often bewildering confusion that consumers face when chosing a carbon offsetting option. Blue Ventures Carbon Offset (BVCO) scored 5 out of 5 for the quality of project details and information provided, and ...
3
Dec

Top UK Marine Conservation Groups Join Forces for Coral Reef Campaign

International Year of the Reef is a worldwide campaign to raise awareness about the importance of coral reefs and the threats they face. Throughout 2008 the three UK groups will announce public events and activities to promote reef conservation and motivate people to take action to protect them.  It has been 10 years since governments ...
15
Nov

Blue Ventures and Aqua Lung Launch New Partnership to Protect Threatened Marine Habitats

Aqua Lung will now be the exclusive supplier of diving gear used by Blue Ventures during their conservation expeditions along Madagascar’s coasts and elsewhere.“We are very excited to be partnering with such a respected name as Aqua Lung,” said Richard Nimmo, managing director of Blue Ventures. “Aqua Lung equipment is known for its reliability, high ...
14
Nov

Blue Ventures Honoured by Responsible Tourism Awards for Marine Eco-trips to Madagascar

Each year Blue Ventures brings more than 100 paying volunteers to the southwest coast of Madagascar where they are trained in SCUBA diving, scientific research, community outreach and on-the-ground conservation. All revenue raised through the expeditions is channelled directly back into the conservation of coral reefs and other threatened marine resources.“These awards show that there ...
13
Nov

Blue Ventures Discusses Conservation and Exploration at Royal Geographical Society’s Explore 2007

 Blue Ventures Medical Advisor Vik Mohan will also speak at the conference about the health challenges faced by today’s explorers.The conference will be held 24-25 November at the Royal Geographical Society in London.“The role of exploration can no longer afford to lie in simply documenting what’s there,” Harris said. “It’s now our responsibility to use ...
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