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Blue Ventures Launches New Shark Monitoring Programme in Southwest Madagascar

The three-year project, funded in part by the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund and the Project Aware Foundation, will monitor the number and species of sharks killed each year by fishermen in southwest Madagascar and develop conservation plans to prevent destructive overfishing practices.“Shark populations around Madagascar are in rapid decline,” said Stephanie Pédron, marine ...

Marine Expedition in Madagascar Discovers Severe Damage to Coral Reefs from Rising Sea Temperatures

But the survey team, led by the conservation groups Blue Ventures and the Wildlife Conservation Society and funded by Conservation International, also found some signs of hope. Scientists discovered several small reefs with corals that appeared to be resilient to rising sea temperatures and could ultimately be used to reseed damaged reefs. These resilient reefs ...

Blue Ventures Turns Three!

As a special birthday gift, Blue Ventures just learned it has won the Skal International Ecotourism Award. Skal, the world’s largest organisation of travel and tourism professionals, commended Blue Ventures for its mission to use sustainable eco-tourism to improve the environment.Among the highlights for Blue Ventures over the past three years: Creating the world’s first community-run ...

Blue Ventures Placed on Shortlist for Two Social Responsibility Awards

Blue Ventures is under consideration for the category of “Best Volunteering Organisation". Blue Ventures was also named a finalist by the Social Enterprise Coalition for the “New Social Enterprise Award". Those awards – which recognise the best in community and social business – are run by the Social Enterprise Coalition on behalf of the Social ...

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 ...

New “Birds of Andavadoaka” Guide Now Available

It is available on-line at: 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...
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