18
Jun

Devex: How family planning can help save cheetahs

Devex mentions Blue Ventures' community health work as a successful example of a holistic approach to conservation: Conservation NGO Blue Ventures has integrated family planning into its work with coastal communities in Madagascar since 2007.  An evaluation revealed that the combined program effectively expanded contraceptive access to previously hard-to-reach communities while also promoting sustainable management of marine resources. Read ...
7
Jun

Thalassa: Chasseur de poulpe à Madagascar

Thalassa est une émission de télévision française, présentée par Fanny Agostini, qui couvre des découvertes, des enquêtes et des reportages sur le monde maritime. Dans un reportage exclusif en ligne intitulé "Chasseur de poulpe à Madagascar," Thalassa a relaté les travaux de Blue Ventures dans le LMMA Velondriake au sud-ouest de Madagascar. Regardez le rapport ...
2
Jun

USAID Timor-Leste: The sea that sustains us

Blue Ventures recently contributed to the USAID film "Tasi Ne’ebé Sustenta Ita" (The Sea That Sustains Us). The film celebrates the diversity and beauty in the seas of Timor-Leste, and shows the importance of the marine environment in the everyday lives of Timorese people. It also explores the threats posed by marine plastics and other ...
29
May

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Living with the ocean

The Thomson Reuters Foundation have produced a film following their visit to southwest Madagascar in 2018. 90% of global fish stocks are either overfished or fully fished, and the film begins by interviewing Vezo fishers whose livelihoods depend on their marine ecosystems. "These days fishing is not enough to live off. Things are changing and ...
4
Apr

Girls That Scuba: Marine Conservation Programmes

Blue Ventures' marine conservation expeditions feature in a blog from the Girls That Scuba community profiling the three best diving experiences within a marine conservation project. Blue Ventures develops community-led conservation projects in areas where local people rely on the ocean for their livelihoods. They provide volunteer programmes in Madagascar, Belize and Timor-Leste that contribute directly ...
14
Mar

Mongabay: Will Madagascar’s industrial shrimp trawlers make way for local fishers?

Shrimp is one of Madagascar’s most lucrative exports, but local fishers and environmental groups say shrimp trawlers are harming the country’s marine environment and leaving too few fish in the sea for the fishing communities that depend on them. Until now, relatively little has been done to address the issue, but there are small signs ...
8
Mar

The Economist: Can conservation save our ocean?

The Velondriake locally managed marine area (LMMA) in southwest Madagascar was featured in a short film from The Economist, which debuted on 8 March at the World Ocean Summit. Since 2012, The Economist has hosted the World Ocean Summit, leveraging their convening power and reputation for quality, objective journalism to bridge the sometimes dissonant perspectives of ...
8
Feb

TEDxDili: Small island, big picture

Jenny House, our Conservation Officer in Timor-Leste, spoke at TEDxDili in July 2017, and her talk is now available to watch online. During her talk Jenny shares her experience of living and working on the beautiful Ataúro Island, where she has helped train community members and international volunteers to collect and use data vital to ...
15
Dec

Resurgence & Ecologist: The role of reproductive health and rights in conservation

David Johnson and Carina Hirsch of Resurgence & Ecologist tell the story of Irene, a resident of Tampolove village in remote southwest Madagascar, and of Blue Ventures' decision to start offering family planning services. Irene was still at school when she had her son. With little to no access to health care, she would have ...
6
Nov

Global Aquaculture Alliance: Sea cucumber project redefining traditional farming in Madagascar

During her time as a Blue Ventures volunteer, Amanda Millin visited the village of Tampolove in southwest Madagascar. Whilst there, she gained first-hand experience of the community aquaculture programme, and helped in the building of sea cucumber pens. Since returning from her expedition, Amanda has written a piece for Global Aquaculture Alliance about how this ...
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