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Dec

The Changer: Building Sustainable Coastal Communities

The Changer interviewed our Executive Director Alasdair Harris about his motivation for starting Blue Ventures, and how Blue Ventures can succeed where other marine conservation organisations have struggled: "We began working with coastal communities in south-western Madagascar to develop an approach that would return meaningful economic benefits in timeframes that worked for fishers, that would protect marine biodiversity, ...
1
Dec

Blog: Climate-resilient development? We’re doing it already!

As the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP) in Paris draws closer, the term resilience appears with increasing frequency in the media. We frequently hear about “socio-ecological resilience”, “climate-resilient development” and “resilience programming”. Our Medical Director, Dr Vik Mohan, discusses the what these terms mean, and what can we learn from them on our Beyond ...
20
Nov

Marine conservation championed by Madagascar President during UK visit

Madagascar’s President Hery Rajaonarimampianina met with conservationists at the University of Cambridge, placing marine management high on the agenda. A roundtable discussion convened by the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI) brought together researchers and conservationists working in Madagascar - including representatives of Blue Ventures, the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, Fauna & Flora International, Birdlife International and ...
6
Nov

NGOsource: Marine Conservation in Madagascar – Community-Based Solutions to a Global Problem

NGOsource has published a blog about the history, mission and growth of Blue Ventures: "Blue Ventures Conservation has become a global leader in integrated tropical marine conservation and community development" The blog also explains that Blue Ventures completed the equivalency determination (ED) process through NGOsource. Our Executive Director Al Harris is quoted: "ED enables us to receive ...
23
Aug

The Reporter: Lionfish jewelry: the latest tactic in population control

The Belize newspaper "The Reporter" recently published an article about the lionfish jewellery programme that we have facilitated in Belize. The article covers the training course where 14 Belizean women received instruction in jewellery making, accounting, marketing, branding and team building. Our Country Coordinator in Belize, Jennifer Chapman, is interviewed: "Dealing with the lionfish is ...
15
Aug

The Reporter: Fine jewellery from lionfish?

The Reporter published an article covering the lionfish jewellery workshop in Belize, and interviewed our country coordinator, Jen Chapman, about the benefits of this venture: "Through the jewellery, we’re creating value for the parts of the lionfish that were previously discarded. This adds value to the fisherman’s catch, which encourages him to go out and ...
8
Aug

The Reporter: Three organizations help feed and improve diet of children in feeding program

The donation of our lionfish catch to the children of "Dara's" feeding program has been covered by The Reporter. Our Belize country coordinator, Jen Chapman, told the newspaper: “We need to protect the environment, and removing this aggressive fish and using it as food is a good thing” Read the full article: Three organizations help feed and ...
21
May

Huffington Post: Call the midwife!

As civil society groups advocate for progress on maternal and child health at the World Health Assembly this week, recent experiences in Madagascar demonstrate how community mobilisation can bring about positive change.
16
Dec

Scuba Diving Open Planet: Making waves in Madagascar

Midwives and sea cucumber farmers join a grassroots movement to protect the Indian Ocean’s underwater marvels; a holistic approach that is shining a light on the future of conservation. Ocean Watch feature in the Scuba Diving Open Planet magazine. Words by Laura Robson, images by Garth Cripps.
3
Aug

Huffington Post: Three things that we can learn about sustainable development from Madagascar

A different story from Madagascar: how working across sectors and upholding reproductive rights are the key to sustainable development. This article, featured on the Huffington Post, discusses the changing landscape of sustainable development in Madagascar, and how the Population-Health-Environment movement is gaining momentum in a country that is more than the dancing lemurs and political ...
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