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6
Feb

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 ...
17
Dec

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 ...
12
Oct

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 ...
11
Aug

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 ...
7
May

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 ...
17
Mar

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.
18
Dec

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.
7
May

Le Tribune de Diego et de Nord de Madagascar: La mangrove

Our blue forests research in the north of Madagascar is featured in Le Tribune de Diego et de Nord de Madagascar. New research has provided the first estimates of the carbon stored in Madagascar's northern mangrove forests. The study, which assessed both above-ground and below-ground carbon stocks, supports the growing body of evidence showing that mangroves ...
10
Feb

Landmark study shows the true value of Madagascar’s mangroves

New research has provided the first estimates of the carbon stored in Madagascar's mangrove forests. The study, which assessed both above- and below-ground carbon stocks, supports the growing body of evidence showing that mangroves are amongst the most carbon-rich forests on earth. The world's only marine forest ecosystem, mangroves contain up to 12 times more ...
15
Nov

Hundreds of fishers gather for opening of mangrove fishery reserves in western Madagascar

The morning of November 11th saw the opening of two pioneering community-managed mangrove reserves in western Madagascar. Over 200 fishers attended the opening of the two fishing sites, covering an area of approximately 200 hectares, in order to reap the benefits of a temporary closure that has prohibited all forms of fishing and mangrove cutting ...
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