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Roger Samba and J. Paul Getty Scholarship Programme Announcement

A symposium event was held on the 8th and 9th of May to officially close the Roger Samba and J. Paul Getty Scholarship Programme. Mr. Roger Samba won the Paul Getty Award for his Leadership in Conservation in 2008 while he was the president of the isolated village of Andavadoaka in southwest Madagascar. Mr. Samba ...

Pilot trawling ban is not renewed, threatening traditional fisheries

Madagascar’s largest protected area, the Barren Isles Locally Managed Marine Area (LMMA) in northwest Madagascar, was lauded by the national Government on its creation in 2014 for pioneering a new model for marine resource management. By providing a collaborative management platform, LMMAs unite communities and their organisational partners under a set of common goals. At ...

Sustained benefits from local fisheries management on Fundo Island

The community of Ndooni village on Fundo Island in Pemba, Zanzibar, has witnessed a massive return on investment thanks to its new locally led fisheries management regime – the introduction of temporary octopus fishery closures. With support from Tanzanian organisation MWAMBAO, the community initially closed its octopus fishery for three months last year to allow ...

Blue Ventures awarded Certificate of Recognition for environmental education programme

Madagascar’s Ministry of National Education awarded Blue Ventures a “Certificat de Reconnaisse”, acknowledging the contribution of our thriving environmental education programme to the Ambanja region in the island’s northwest. Our Environmental Education Officer Alban Aoemba (third from left, above) proudly received the certificate during Ambanja’s “School Day” celebrations, part of an annual event that occurs across ...

Celebrating mangroves on the International Day of Forests in northwest Madagascar

The value of mangrove forests was celebrated in the village of Ampondrabe Mahamanina in northwest Madagascar, as local communities, school children and representatives from the public and private sectors came together for the International Day of Forests. This two-day celebration in March was the first time that an official event had been hosted in Ampondrabe ...

Launch of Blue Ventures’ 2016-2017 Annual Report

Our 2017 Annual Report reviews the last financial year (July 2016 - June 2017), including updates on each of our programmes, our partner support work, our 2020 mission, our financial statements and an independent auditor's report. Download our 2017 Annual Report or view our interactive 2017 review Some 2016-2017 highlights: 28 communities in southwest Madagascar held ...

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 ...
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