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Blog: Replanting mangrove forest in the Bay of Assassins

Volunteer Amanda Millin recounts her experience of Madagascar’s annual mangrove festival. Read the full post: Replanting mangrove forest in the Bay of Assassins

Blog: Conserving the Bay of Assassins: the story so far

From village meetings to mangrove mud, this is the story of three years of effort from coastal communities to protect the mangroves of the Bay of Assassins in southwest Madagascar. Read the full post: Conserving the Bay of Assassins: the story so far

Devex: Lessons on conservation from ‘the land of eternal mangroves’

Our Research and Learning Manager Steve Rocliffe was recently interviewed by Devex about blue carbon credit schemes, and how they should be taken to scale. Mangroves store up to five times more carbon than other tropical forests, meaning these trees could provide great value on the voluntary carbon market, where businesses, governments, nonprofit organisations and individuals ...

Blog: Bees and trees: alternative livelihoods in Ankingabe

Blue Ventures’ Digital Media Assistant Ben Honey recently visited Ankingabe village to find out about the community-led beekeeping and fuelwood plantations. Read the full post: Bees and trees: alternative livelihoods in Ankingabe

New research: Mangrove carbon stocks in southwest Madagascar and the implications for local management

New research published in the international journal ‘Forests’ reveals for the first time the carbon storage potential of mangroves in the arid region of southwest Madagascar, and also highlights the pressure that these important local resources are under. Focused on the mangroves of Helondrano Fagnemotse (Baie des Assassins) in the Velondriake locally-managed marine area (LMMA), ...

Earth Island Journal: In Photos: Blue Carbon Around the World

In this photo story, Earth Island Journal explains the concept of blue carbon and the issues that surround it, using case studies of conservation organisations alongside stunning imagery. Blue Ventures, a charity headquartered in London, is experimenting with carbon credits at two sites in Madagascar. To compensate for the income these communities may lose due ...

Hakai Magazine: A Burning Problem For Mangroves

This thoughtful article focuses on the mangrove forests in Madagascar’s Bay of Assassins, and interviews our Blue Forests Coordinator, Lalao Aigrette. Subsistence communities in the Bay of Assassins rely on the mangroves for food, fuel, building materials and erosion control, but overexploitation of these resources will result in a future where none of these services are fulfilled. ...

Explore: Wildlife of the Mangroves

Madagascar is one of the most mangrove-rich countries in the world, but we know almost nothing about the importance of these forests to terrestrial wildlife. Wildlife of the Mangroves exhibits new research from the Blue Forests team that has revealed the incredible richness of Madagascar’s mangrove birds and lemurs.  

The Daily Star: A Paradise in Peril

Our Executive Director Alasdair Harris was interviewed by The Daily Star in their article about the Sundarbans, a mangrove forest in Bangladesh. Speaking about the decision recently made by Bangladeshi and Indian authorities to build a vast coal fired power station in close proximity to the Sundarbans, Alasdair Harris said: "While Bangladesh has an urgent need ...

Mongabay: In search of Madagascar’s “marine primates”

Recent research by Dr Charlie Gardner is covered in the Mongabay article 'In search of Madagascar’s “marine primates'.
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