LMMA

13
Apr

Virgin Unite: The ultimate solution that will save our oceans

Blue Ventures' approach to catalysing and sustaining community engagement in marine conservation is showcased in this podcast with our executive director Al Harris, produced by Ashoka for Virgin Unite.
13
Apr

Rebuilding fisheries on a global scale: Blue Ventures expands horizons

Pioneering efforts to rebuild tropical fisheries with coastal communities in the Indian Ocean have received a distinguished accolade for social entrepreneurship. The Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, which recognises organisations that are disrupting the status quo and driving large-scale social change, will be presented to Blue Ventures at a ceremony in Oxford on Thursday 16 ...
23
Jan

Telegraph Magazine: ‘The rule book has to be ripped up. It’s about what people need.’

Blue Ventures is featured in the article 'Sea cucumbers saving lives: the radical charity giving Malagasy fishing communities hope' in the Telegraph Magazine. Dr Alasdair Harris and his colleagues at Blue Ventures, the charity he co-founded in 2003, are at the forefront of a new strand of marine conservation that concentrates on people as much as endangered fish or ...
1
Dec

Madagascar’s bold blue vision puts communities at centre of marine protection

Madagascar’s President Rajaonarimampianina has committed to triple the country’s marine protected areas and establish a legal framework to protect community management of fishing grounds, heralding the announcement of the country's largest locally managed marine protected area in the Barren Isles archipelago. Madagascar featured centre stage at the once-in-a-decade IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney as ...
30
Nov

Indian Ocean’s largest community-managed MPA established

Antananarivo, Madagascar – The Government of Madagascar has accorded temporary protection to the Barren Isles archipelago, thus creating the largest community-managed marine protected area in the Indian Ocean. This decision was recently reinforced by the commitment of President Rajaonarimampianina to triple the extent of the nation's marine protected areas by 2020, announced earlier this month at the World Parks ...
31
Jul

Integrated approach to sustainable development gathers momentum in Madagascar

A landmark meeting held in Antananarivo this week brought together health and conservation organisations, international donors and government ministers to discuss their shared vision for Madagascar’s sustainable development. The meeting called for more widespread adoption of an integrated approach known as ‘Population-Health-Environment’ (PHE), which combines health education and voluntary family planning services with natural resource ...
23
Jul

Western Indian Ocean communities playing vital role in conservation

The results, reported in the journal PLOS ONE, point to a revolution in the management of marine protected areas, with almost half of the sites – more than 11,000 km² – in the region now under local community stewardship. Marine protected areas (MPAs) are zones of the seas and coasts designed to protect wildlife from ...
1
Jul

L’Express: Aire marine protégée; de nouvelles règles d’exploitation en vue

Our work in the Barren Isles is featured in an article in Madagascar's L'Express newspaper. The new Minister for Fisheries and Marine Resources has given his support to Blue Ventures' work in Maintirano and the Barren Isles, and has endorsed the creation of a new protected area around the islands. The islands, which have some of ...
30
Apr

Environmental prize for integrated conservation and health work in Madagascar

St Andrews, Scotland - An innovative project integrating community-based health services with locally-led marine conservation initiatives has won this year’s St Andrews Prize for the Environment. The prize identifies and rewards entrepreneurs with original and practical ideas for tackling specific environmental challenges, and is run by the University of St Andrews with independent exploration and production ...
25
Jul

Kayaks to Korea – locally managed marine areas at the 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress

London, UK - Video released showcasing a workshop co-organised by Blue Ventures at the IUCN’s 2012 World Conservation Congress in South Korea. The event brought together 16 locally managed marine area (LMMA) representatives from countries including Fiji, Kenya, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea, India and Madagascar .   It’s no secret that fisheries around the globe ...
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