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RFI: Podcast: Blue Ventures, a sustainable future for the Vezos

Radio France Internationale’s (RFI) podcast, ‘Madagascar: Blue Ventures, a sustainable future for the Vezos’ takes the listener to the village of Andavadoaka, on the southwest coast of Madagascar, sharing scenes of the Vezo way of life.  The Vezo people are a traditionally semi-nomadic group from south and west Madagascar whose cultural identity is based around ...

Kinship Conservation Fellows: Sustainable management of fisheries

The Kinship Conservation Fellows programme seeks to catalyse positive and lasting conservation impact by investing in practitioners who are seeking to implement effective and innovative solutions to environmental problems. Kitty Brayne, Blue Ventures' Global Technical Lead for LMMA Programmes, participated in the Fellows programme in 2016, and discusses her experience and learning in an interview ...

Conservation Careers: Ultimate guide for conservation job seekers

Conservation Careers have released a guide covering the "15 key conservation job types to kick-start your career journey". The section titled "Community-based conservation jobs | helping people to be part of the solution" includes quotes and interviews from four different Blue Ventures employees, including our Executive Director Alasdair Harris. People often get into conservation to ...

WCN: Ethical ecotourism is good for conservation

Blue Ventures is included in a list of ethical conservation-focused ecotourism providers in a piece by the Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN). The following WCN Conservation Partners and organisations in WCN’s extended network offer ecotourism opportunities: - Blue Ventures hosts a range of marine conservation expeditions and is developing community-based homestays. Read the full piece from WCN: Ethical ...

The World Bank: Meet the innovator battling plastic waste in Timor-Leste

For World Oceans Day 2019, The World Bank released an interview with Blue Ventures' Dive and Science Assistant Jemima Gomes. The focus of the interview was the problem of marine plastic pollution, and the community response on Atauro Island. I come from a fishing family. As a child I helped my father pull in the ...

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 ...

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. Read the full story from Undercurrent news: Non-profit encouraging sea cucumber farming in Tanzania  

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...
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