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The Conversation: Madagascar’s ‘swamp lemurs’ have been documented for the first time

New research by Blue Ventures' Scientific Advisor Dr Charlie Gardner is discussed in The Conversation: Madagascar’s ‘swamp lemurs’ have been documented for the first time

New Research: Madagascar’s ‘marine’ lemurs

Madagascar’s mangroves, so vital for maintaining fisheries and storing carbon, may also be much more important than we thought for conserving the country’s lemurs Madagascar is considered by many to be the world’s top conservation priority, since so many of its native plants and animals exist nowhere else on Earth. Most wildlife conservation efforts are ...

Blog: Velondriake villages stake their claim to mangrove conservation

This week sees both International Forests Day and World Water Day - what better way to explore the intertwined nature of the two than celebrating mangroves - incredible areas where the forest meets the sea. This year we’re reflecting on the progress made by communities in the Bay of Assassins, Madagascar, who are leading the way ...

New Research: Mapping Madagascar’s Mangroves

Blue Ventures is pleased to announce - in partnership with our collaborators at the University of Antananarivo, the WWF Madagascar West Indian Ocean Programme Office and the US Geological Survey - the publication of a paper that maps and quantifies mangrove loss in Madagascar, as well as mangrove characteristics at four key conservation sites. Using data ...

Blog: Celebrating the mission that unites us

Eighty-four members of our team from all of Blue Ventures’ offices and field programmes in Madagascar attended, along with representatives from our London office and our newest colleague from our evolving partnership project in Comoros met in Andavadoaka, Madagascar for our sixth annual conference. Alongside three days of discussions and workshops to define the collective ...

A unique voice linking blue carbon and coastal communities

At the end of September, four Blue Ventures team members attended the 8th Meeting of the Blue Carbon Initiative’s Scientific Working Group, in Zanzibar, and presented what we've learnt through our Blue Forests programme. With a specific focus on the potential of blue carbon in Africa, this 3 day meeting brought together 23 world experts ...

New research: A vast mangrove forest where conservation stands a fighting chance

New research has produced a contemporary map, quantified and contextualised loss, characterised ecological variability, and provided the first estimates of the carbon stocks in Madagascar’s vast Mahajamba Bay, one of Africa’s largest and most pristine mangrove ecosystems. Mangrove ecosystems are found in more than 120 countries throughout the tropics, providing critical goods and services to ...

Google Street View goes off-road in Madagascar

Today Google Maps launched the first-ever Street View imagery of Madagascar, allowing a global audience to explore the world’s fourth largest island for the first time. The advent of Google’s ‘Trekker’ has enabled some of the most spectacular sights of the natural world to be captured using a panoramic camera worn in a specially designed ...

National Geographic: Communities leading the way to save Madagascar’s mangroves

Our community conservation coordinator, Brian Jones, talks about how local communities are leading the way to conserve Madagascar’s mangroves in this article featured on National Geographic’s Ocean Views blog.

National Geographic: Mangrove deforestation in Madagascar; what are the options?

BV's Dr Trevor Jones talks about the importance of mangroves for Madagascar's coastal communities, and what we can do to protect them, in this article featured on National Geographic's Ocean Views blog.
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