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Working Holistically

8
Mar

The Huffington Post: Can adolescent health education support marine conservation?

"When Barry Segal first visited Rwanda back in 2007, he observed that many organizations were working to solve similar problems with little collaboration. He believed he could make an impact simply by investing in great organizations and by bringing them together. Here is a great example of how this looks when it works." Nicholas Reed-Krase, ...
27
Feb

New Research: Integrated health-environment programme leads to contraceptive uptake & fertility decline

Incorporating family planning services within community conservation initiatives can address the unmet reproductive health needs of hard-to-reach populations, enabling couples to access contraception and avoid unintended pregnancies. This is the finding of a paper just published in Studies in Family Planning, which reports on changes in modern contraception use and general fertility rates between 2009 ...
24
Jan

Oxford Today: Blue-sea thinking: coral reef conservation and beyond

Alasdair Harris founded Blue Ventures whilst attending Mansfield College at the University of Oxford, and it has since evolved into a substantial marine conservation organisation with a growing portfolio of field programmes in several different countries. An interview published by Oxford Today details how Alasdair Harris' interest in marine biodiversity and research led to Blue ...
19
Jan

Blog: A year of self critique and tough decisions

Over the past year, three of our senior staff in Madagascar have been working with the Earth Skills Network to reflect on, and improve, the management of our conservation programmes. Read the full post: A year of self critique and tough decisions
20
Dec

DW: What do fishing and family planning have in common?

"In many parts of the developing world, contraception and family planning are sensitive issues. But what happens when communities ask for it themselves?" DW have published an article covering our holistic population-health-environment approach, including why gender equality is fundamental to community-led conservation. Read the full article here: What do fishing and family planning have in ...
12
Dec

CNN: When the coral disappears, so will they

John D. Sutter, a columnist for CNN Opinion, recently spent a week with Blue Ventures staff in Southwest Madagascar to write a story about climate change, coral bleaching, and the impact that these changes have on coastal communities. "Research indicates nearly all the world's coral reefs could be lost by 2050... and 275 million people depend on ...
10
Aug

Blog: Belioness: 15 women, seven communities, four languages, one vision

The Belioness lionfish jewelry group gather from across Belize to develop a shared vision for their social enterprise; United women, empowered communities, and a healthy, beautiful reef. Read the full post: Belioness: 15 women, seven communities, four languages, one vision
28
Jun

Partnership with USAID Mikolo enhances health-environment work in southwest Madagascar

Blue Ventures has signed a partnership agreement with USAID Mikolo to increase access to child health services for remote coastal communities in southwest Madagascar, as part of our integrated health-environment programme in the area. In a region where 1 in 13 children dies before their fifth birthday, this new collaboration is a critical step for advancing community-based management of preventable illnesses, ...
10
Jun

News Deeply: Eco Volunteers Fill Healthcare Gap in Madagascar

Blue Ventures' community health work is featured in the article 'Eco Volunteers Fill Healthcare Gap' in Madagascar in the online magazine News Deeply.
18
May

Blog: Working across sectors for real change

Our holistic approach to marine conservation involves public health professionals, fisheries specialists, aquaculture technicians and community organisers. Bringing together such diverse talents and skills to enable interdisciplinary work requires cross-training! Read the full post: Working across sectors for real change.
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