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Five years in Timor-Leste

Birgit Hermann (country director) and Oldegar ‘Ollie’ Massinga (operations manager) who head up the Blue Ventures team in Timor-Leste, reflect on five years of working with communities to drive locally led marine conservation in the country Read the full post: Five years in Timor-Leste

Blog: ‘Managing for today and tomorrow’ in Tanzania

A collaborative approach to fisheries management in Zanzibar. Read the full post: Managing for today and tomorrow

Madagascar’s small-scale fishers take ownership of marine protection through their national language

Small-scale fishers around Madagascar have announced a new Malagasy language definition of a key piece of terminology used to discuss marine protection around the world.  The new term – which has been formally recognised by the Malagasy Academy, the public institution responsible for the country’s linguistics – has been announced by the MIHARI Network which ...

Madagascar’s MIHARI Network begins its journey to legal independence

MIHARI, the network of Madagascar's locally managed marine areas (LMMAs), has announced it is undertaking the final steps in formally establishing its legal independence. This is a crucial step towards autonomy, allowing the network to further it’s representative power as the voice of coastal communities nationally.   The network’s process to establish its new status is ...

New research: Learning from community-led marine conservation in Madagascar

The last decade has seen a groundswell of community engagement in marine conservation across the Indian Ocean, yet few studies have documented the factors that have enabled effective conservation within these local initiatives. New research published this week draws together lessons from Madagascar’s first locally managed marine area (LMMA), generating valuable insights that can be ...

Blog: Science and tradition: exchanging knowledge to drive marine conservation in Velondriake

Five Vezo community members from Andavadoaka join forces to form the first local diving ecological monitoring team in the Velondriake locally managed marine area Read the full post: Science and tradition: exchanging knowledge to drive marine conservation in Velondriake

Mongabay: Evidence that fish flourish in a community-managed marine area offers hope

Blue Ventures’ latest research, which shows that community-led marine conservation leads to more fish in the sea, has been featured by Mongabay in an article written by Malavika Vyawahare.  The study, carried out by Blue Ventures’ staff and volunteers across five no take zones in the Velondriake Locally Managed Marine Area (LMMA), found that conservation ...

New research: Community conservation means more fish in the sea

New research published this week has shown that community-led marine conservation can increase the size of fish populations − a critical objective for conservationists working to protect coral reefs. The study, published this week in the journal Ocean and Coastal Management, analysed data collected from five community-managed reserves (areas permanently protected from fishing) within the ...

Mongabay: COVID underscores the urgency of holistic community-based approaches to conservation

This article was first published as a commentary on Mongabay on April 22nd 2020 Impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on vulnerable communities in the Global South go far beyond the looming public health emergency.  The broader economic and environmental ramifications are of profound importance to biodiversity conservation. How the conservation movement responds will determine our relevance ...

Blog: Every voice counts: a participatory approach to periodic fishery closures

Community-collected data inspires fishers in the Barren Isles archipelago to adapt their management strategy Read the full post: Every voice counts: a participatory approach to periodic fishery closures
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