5
Oct

Scaling and sustaining local marine protection: a new community conservation toolkit

Sharing best practices in locally-led conservation is an essential component of empowering communities in marine protection. A new toolkit produced by Blue Ventures for Madagascar’s locally managed marine area network MIHARI provides practical guidance for communities setting up local marine conservation initiatives. Locally managed marine areas (LMMAs) are marine and coastal areas managed by local ...
4
Oct

Blog: The crocodile’s children: community-led marine management on Ataúro

The community of Ilik-namu have decided to take control of their future and begin managing their marine resources. Read the full post: The crocodile's children: community-led marine management on Ataúro
1
Oct

The Skoll Foundation: Revived and Resilient: Locally Managed Marine Areas in Madagascar

A new web feature from The Skoll Foundation, “Solutions for a Changing Climate”, explores the diverse models of eight of its social entrepreneurs, including Blue Ventures' Executive Director Alasdair Harris. Harris won the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship in 2015 for Blue Ventures' work supporting communities in Madagascar to establish Locally Managed Marine Areas (LMMAs). Chapter ...
28
Sep

Blog: Replanting mangrove forest in the Bay of Assassins

Volunteer Amanda Millin recounts her experience of Madagascar’s annual mangrove festival. Read the full post: Replanting mangrove forest in the Bay of Assassins
21
Sep

The Barren Isles archipelago receives recognition for its international importance for biodiversity

The Government of Madagascar has recently designated the Barren Isles archipelago as a wetland area of international importance, in a process supported by WWF Madagascar. This designation, under the international wetlands convention, was celebrated by local government and project partners at the Melaky Economic Fair in Maintirano this month. The convention, otherwise known as the ...
20
Sep

Blog: Sea Change: Ataúro’s first female scuba diver lends her voice to marine conservation efforts

Jemima Gomes was the first female scuba diver on Ataúro Island, and she is now advocating for marine conservation in her community. Read the full post: Sea Change: Ataúro’s first female scuba diver lends her voice to marine conservation efforts
15
Sep

Blog: A unique opportunity to experience community-based fisheries management

Madagascar volunteer Jessie Skedd shares her insight after witnessing the opening of octopus fishing grounds following a period of temporary closure. Read the full post: A unique opportunity to experience community-based fisheries management
6
Sep

Thomson Reuters: Executive Perspective: Entering uncharted waters – ocean conservation key to the future

An opinion piece from Alasdair Harris, Blue Ventures' Executive Director, and John Tanzer, Oceans Practice Leader for WWF International, has been published in the Thomson Reuters blog, and discusses how the fate of the world's coasts will determined by the actions taken over the coming generation. Time is not on our side. We have years ...
1
Sep

Sharing the success of temporary octopus fishery closures

The community of Andavadoaka in southwest Madagascar celebrated over a decade of successful temporary octopus fishery closures on 22 August, by harvesting over half a tonne of octopus in just one day at the latest closure reopening. Early in the morning, fishermen and fisherwomen set off in their laka, traditional fishing boats, towards the island ...
24
Aug

Madagascar’s fishing communities unite to take charge of their future

An unprecedented gathering of small-scale fishermen and women from around Madagascar brought together over 170 community representatives in late July in the coastal city of Fort Dauphin.  The five-day meeting was the fourth annual forum of Madagascar’s locally managed marine area (LMMA) network MIHARI, the result of months of preparation by the MIHARI secretariat and ...
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