In the Media

28
May

The Economist: how sea cucumbers can help the ocean

In low-income coastal states throughout the tropics, geographic isolation and limited livelihood opportunities can lead to an overwhelming dependence on fishing for survival. This dependence, in combination with the significant impacts of global heating and industrial fishing, has led to dwindling fish populations and increased vulnerability for the communities that rely on them. For the ...
18
Apr

Undercurrent news: non-profit encouraging sea cucumber farming in Tanzania

Undercurrent news reported on the recent learning exchange in Unguja, Zanzibar, where Blue Ventures' aquaculture team was invited to share their experiences of community-based sea cucumber farming. https://vimeo.com/325145229 Read the full story from Undercurrent news: Non-profit encouraging sea cucumber farming in Tanzania  
16
Apr

The Dugong & Seagrass Conservation Project: Timor-Leste

The Dugong & Seagrass Conservation Project have produced a film showcasing the community-based conservation work of Blue Ventures and Conservation International in Timor-Leste. The power to preserve sea grass and dugong habitats is being put into the hands of those who know them best: local communities. The government of Timor-Leste in partnership with Conservation International ...
4
Mar

Blue forests celebrated on World Wildlife Day

Since 2016, the UK’s International Climate Finance programme, which plays a crucial role in addressing the global challenge of climate change, has been supporting Blue Ventures' blue forests programme. The blue forests programme aims to reduce deforestation of mangrove habitats, create new sustainable livelihoods, support community health and women’s empowerment and increase climate resilience in ...
12
Mar

Madagascar’s first fisheries improvement project makes a splash

The launch of a new action plan for the octopus fishery of southwest Madagascar was covered across international seafood media. Fishers, seafood buyers, conservationists, researchers and policy makers gathered in Toliara on 16 January to launch a fisheries improvement project (FIP) that sets out an ambitious vision for improving the sustainability of one of Madagascar’s ...
7
Mar

Lionfish management hits the headlines in Belize

The launch of a new lionfish management strategy for Belize on 21 February was covered nationally in The San Pedro Sun and Breaking Belize News. The strategy, developed by Blue Ventures and the Belize Fisheries Department, describes how to design and implement an integrated approach to lionfish management. Drawing on almost a decade of research ...
13
Feb

Beltraide: Transforming threats to treasure

Cecilia Guerrero, Blue Ventures' Conservation Coordinator in Belize, recently wrote for Beltraide's magazine, Invest Belize, about the the Belize Lionfish Jewellery Group. Beltraide is a government body that “enhances Belize’s prosperity by fostering investor confidence, entrepreneurship, business growth and innovation.” Members of the Belize Lionfish Jewellery Group, Belioness, have participated in a number of training programmes ...
14
Dec

PRB: Safidy can improve family planning outcomes by using HIPs

The Population Reference Bureau (PRB) has released a web feature and short film about Blue Ventures' community health programme – known in Madagascar as Safidy, the Malagasy word for 'choice'. This programme supports the ability of all people to freely choose the number and spacing of their births, and aligns with three of PRB's High Impact Practices (HIPs) ...
13
Nov

Skoll: Festivals Around the World Screened Skoll Awardee Films in 2018

In 2018, Skoll elevated and amplified the stories of Skoll awardees, including Blue Ventures, in more than 50 cities and 11 countries, showing audiences all over the world that change is possible. Our film BLUE VENTURES, featuring Blue Ventures’ work to nurture and sustain locally-led marine conservation was a finalist in the 2018 Audience Awards Ocean Film Challenge, ...
9
Nov

Conservation Careers Podcast: Dr Alasdair Harris | Blue Ventures

Blue Ventures' Executive Director, Alasdair Harris, was recently interviewed by Nick Askew on the Conservation Careers podcast. If you’re interested in wildlife conservation and concerned about the loss of species from this little planet of ours, then you’ve probably heard of a term called community-based conservation. But what is it? And how can wildlife conservation ...
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