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Stronger together: Blue Ventures signs the MIHARI Network’s new members charter

At an official ceremony in Madagascar’s capital city Antananarivo, Blue Ventures signed MIHARI’s new membership charter, reaffirming our role in supporting the network and the locally managed marine area (LMMA) movement in Madagascar. The charter details the commitments made between all organisations supporting the MIHARI Network, with the common purpose of developing and promoting LMMAs ...

Sea cucumber stocking in Tampolove

Tampolove is a coastal village in the Bay of Assassins, southwest Madagascar, and part of the Velondriake Locally Managed Marine Area. The livelihoods and food security of the Tampolove community rely on their marine resources, which are facing unprecedented pressures from overfishing and climate change. In 2009 Blue Ventures supported the Tampolove community to establish ...

2017 – Sharing, learning, growing

2017 was another remarkable year for Blue Ventures, so we’ve pulled together some highlights: 2017 - Sharing, learning, growing These accomplishments were only possible thanks to the support of our friends, partners and thousands of individuals like you who share our vision.

New horizons for homestays in Madagascar

Members of Hébergement Vezo, the homestay association of the remote village of Andavadoaka in southwest Madagascar, have proven their determination and drive from the very start of their ecotourism venture just under one year ago. Welcoming their first Blue Ventures volunteers into their homes informally in December 2016, and as part of an official programme ...

Celebrating 3,000 days of coral reef protection in the Agnorondriake reserve

Saturday the 2nd of December 2017 marks an important milestone for the coastal communities within the Velondriake locally managed marine area (LMMA) in southwest Madagascar. It is exactly 3,000 days since the creation of Agnorondriake, the first community-based no-take zone (NTZ) within the LMMA and a significant step towards protecting the region’s marine resources for ...

Explore: Avy

Blue Ventures has released a new Explore Photo Story to coincide with World Fisheries Day. This photo story follows Avy, a fisherman from the remote coastal village of Andavadoaka in southwest Madagascar. His family are Vezo, the traditional fishers of the area, distinguished by their intimate knowledge of, and reliance on, the sea. Climb aboard a ...

New resolutions for PHE in East Africa

The Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC) in partnership with Knowledge for Health (K4Health) project and Population Reference Bureau (PRB) hosted a two-day regional Population-Health-Environment (PHE) Symposium in Entebbe, Uganda, on the 27th-28th of September. This event brought together over 90 PHE implementers, policy makers, development partners, and community representatives to discuss the main theme of ...

Scaling and sustaining local marine protection: a new community conservation toolkit

Sharing best practices in locally-led conservation is an essential component of empowering communities in marine protection. A new toolkit produced by Blue Ventures for Madagascar’s locally managed marine area network MIHARI provides practical guidance for communities setting up local marine conservation initiatives. Locally managed marine areas (LMMAs) are marine and coastal areas managed by local ...

Sharing common ground at community forum of Indonesian octopus fisheries

Participants from across Indonesia travelled to the island of Kaledupa last month to discuss community-led approaches to improving the sustainability of octopus fisheries. This fishers’ forum, hosted by local organisation Forkani, brought fishermen and women, village leaders, representatives of community based organisations and non governmental organisations to the remote Wakatobi archipelago in southeast Sulawesi to ...

The Barren Isles archipelago receives recognition for its international importance for biodiversity

The Government of Madagascar has recently designated the Barren Isles archipelago as a wetland area of international importance, in a process supported by WWF Madagascar. This designation, under the international wetlands convention, was celebrated by local government and project partners at the Melaky Economic Fair in Maintirano this month. The convention, otherwise known as the ...
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