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Dec

Celebrating 3,000 days of coral reef protection in the Agnorondriake reserve

Saturday the 2nd of December 2017 marks an important milestone for the coastal communities within the Velondriake locally managed marine area (LMMA) in southwest Madagascar. It is exactly 3,000 days since the creation of Agnorondriake, the first community-based no-take zone (NTZ) within the LMMA and a significant step towards protecting the region’s marine resources for ...
16
Nov

Blog: An aquaculture adventure: visiting Tampolove’s sea cucumber farms

A group of Blue Ventures volunteers recently visited the village of Tampolove in southwest Madagascar to learn about the sustainable aquaculture initiatives there. Read the full post: An aquaculture adventure: visiting Tampolove’s sea cucumber farms
9
Nov

Blog: A fisherman’s journey into deeper seas: scuba diving and conservation in Timor-Leste

Amos Da Costa's family has always relied on the sea for their food and livelihood, but he believes they must look to the future. He now helps to conserve Ataúro Island's marine environments as Blue Ventures' Dive and Science Assistant. Read the full post: A fisherman’s journey into deeper seas: scuba diving and conservation in ...
1
Nov

Mongabay: Fish vs. forests? Madagascar’s marine conservation boom

The fifth story of Mongabay's multi-part series "Conservation in Madagascar" focuses on the success of locally controlled fisheries projects over the last 15 years, including the seasonal or partial closure approach pioneered in 2003 by Blue Ventures. "The partnership between Blue Ventures and Vezo communities led to the first of Madagascar’s Locally Managed Marine Areas, ...
20
Oct

The Nature Conservancy: Natural Climate Solutions

The Nature Conservancy published a new paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, "Natural climate solutions" which calculates the scientific and economic potential for global lands - forest, grasslands, agricultural lands and wetlands to serve as a solution to climate change. It also finds that better land stewardship could have a bigger role in fighting ...
10
Oct

Blog: All in the same boat: integrating conservation and health in Kaledupa

A workshop was recently hosted by our partner organisation Forkani with the aim of fostering cross-sector partnerships between health and conservation groups in Kaledupa. Read the full post: All in the same boat: integrating conservation and health in Kaledupa
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
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