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20
Oct

Conservation in the time of COVID-19

Learn about the impacts COVID-19 has had on small-scale fishing communities across the coastal tropics, and discover how these communities are showing resilience in the face of the evolving crisis. Coastal communities are beset by a range of complex challenges, including being disproportionately impacted by climate breakdown. The compounding impacts of the COVID-19 crisis have ...
16
Oct

New research: Learning from community-led marine conservation in Madagascar

The last decade has seen a groundswell of community engagement in marine conservation across the Indian Ocean, yet few studies have documented the factors that have enabled effective conservation within these local initiatives. New research published this week draws together lessons from Madagascar’s first locally managed marine area (LMMA), generating valuable insights that can be ...
15
Oct

The MIHARI Network and the Madagascar PHE Network join forces to create leadership opportunities for women in fisheries

Despite their role in the processing and selling of fish, as well as their significant contribution to fishing itself, women are rarely involved in decision making around fisheries management. In order to realise the potential of small-scale fisheries and manage them more sustainably, it is crucial to recognise women's role, and subsequently carve out and ...
25
Sep

Timor-Leste announces whale-watching standard to grow responsible tourism and protect ocean ecosystems

Timor-Leste’s national marine tourism association is launching a new national programme based on a global standard for whale-watching tour operators, providing enhanced protection for cetaceans in the nation’s biodiverse waters. The new voluntary certification by the Assosiasaun Turizmu Maritima Timor-Leste (ATM-TL) will help to ensure tour operators adopt world-class whale-watching standards to protect the significant ...
19
Sep

Blue Ventures features in Too Big to Ignore’s e-book on small-scale fisheries in Africa

Too Big to Ignore's e-book, Small-Scale Fisheries in Africa: A Regional Portrait, uses case studies to explore the landscape of Africa's small-scale fisheries and presents the current challenges they are facing. From Egypt to South Africa, the regional case studies illustrate the diversity of Africa’s small-scale fisheries and how they differ between sub regions of ...
18
Sep

Blue Ventures advocates for holistic conservation at The Ocean Race Summit 2020

The Ocean Race Summit brings together ocean leaders and change-makers to share solutions and winning strategies to help restore ocean health. Hosted by The Ocean Race – a world-renowned team sailing race – this year’s Summit was streamed live from Newport, USA, on Wednesday 16th September, and included panel discussions, Q&A’s and ‘Action Lab’ sessions, ...
17
Sep

The African Marine Conservation Leadership Programme: creating a new movement for conservation

Blue Ventures is joining forces with conservation leadership specialists, Maliasili, to create a new movement for conservation in the Western Indian Ocean.  The African Marine Conservation Leadership Programme brings together a new generation of marine conservation leaders from the Comoros, Kenya and Tanzania, strengthening their skills, confidence and effectiveness to build the capacity of the ...
16
Sep

World class storytellers partner with Blue Ventures to share the experiences of coastal communities

We are thrilled to partner with the newly launched Only One media platform to tell stories inspired by our community-led marine conservation work around the coastal tropics.  The Only One platform was founded in 2019 by SeaLegacy, and went live this summer using the power of media to share solutions and inspire action to protect ...
15
Sep

A step forward for natural climate solutions with a new framework to unlock climate finance for coastal wetlands

The vital importance of coastal wetland conservation and restoration has been recognised with the validation of the first Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) methodology for blue carbon conservation. The methodology will provide a new framework to help conservationists deploy climate finance to blue carbon conservation − a potent natural solution in the fight against climate breakdown. ...
9
Jul

Edinburgh Ocean Leaders 2020 initiative welcomes Blue Ventures’ Head of Monitoring and Evaluation

Edinburgh Ocean Leaders (EOL) is a new leadership programme for exceptional ocean professionals, which this year, welcomes Blue Ventures’ Head of Monitoring and Evaluation, Charlie Gough.  The programme, hosted by the University of Edinburgh, aims to have a lasting impact on the health of the ocean by accelerating the leadership, influence and reach of early-mid ...
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