Marine conservation championed by Madagascar President during UK visit

Madagascar’s President Hery Rajaonarimampianina met with conservationists at the University of Cambridge, placing marine management high on the agenda. A roundtable discussion convened by the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI) brought together researchers and conservationists working in Madagascar - including representatives of Blue Ventures, the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, Fauna & Flora International, Birdlife International and ...

Promoting conservation tourism in China

At the end of October, Blue Ventures staff visited the tropical island of Hainan in southern China to promote our award-winning conservation tourism expeditions and to cement our partnership with new conservation organisation ChinaBlue. During the week-long mission, our staff introduced our globally acclaimed expeditions and conservation programmes in Madagascar and Belize at a conference, a ...

Fijian support strengthens community-led marine conservation in Madagascar

More than 100 locally managed marine area (LMMA) practitioners from communities around Madagascar’s coast gathered with NGO partners and government officials on Madagascar’s remote northeast coast this week for a national  forum. The meeting, a core activity of MIHARI, Madagascar’s LMMA network, provides an important opportunity for community leaders  to share experiences, successes and challenges ...

A unique voice linking blue carbon and coastal communities

At the end of September, four Blue Ventures team members attended the 8th Meeting of the Blue Carbon Initiative’s Scientific Working Group, in Zanzibar, and presented what we've learnt through our Blue Forests programme. With a specific focus on the potential of blue carbon in Africa, this 3 day meeting brought together 23 world experts ...

Crossing the Indo-Pacific for marine conservation

Tonga soa, bienvenue, bienvenida, welcome! Late August saw the arrival in Madagascar of some very special visitors. A group of Mexican fishermen traveled more than 17,500 kilometres to have a conversation with their local counterparts about octopus.  Their destination: a community-run marine conservation initiative on the Mozambique Channel, where local fishers have been managing their ...

Forbes: Fisheries Management Generates Market-Beating Returns

Our Dr Garth Cripp's writes for Ashoka on Forbes.com on the findings of our recent PLOS ONE paper showing that marine management pays for local fishers in Southwest Madagascar. Read the story - Fisheries Management Generates Market-Beating Returns on Forbes.com.

The Times: Funds are needed for marine protected areas

Blue Ventures' founder and executive director Dr Alasdair Harris joined a global call from 19 leading marine NGOs published in The Times (behind paywall) to mark World Ocean's Day 2015.  

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 ...

Charting a course for sustainable small-scale fisheries

6 December 2014, Stone Town, Zanzibar – Improving the management of Africa’s small-scale fisheries can deliver sustained benefits throughout the seafood supply chain, benefiting coastal communities while rebuilding dwindling fish stocks. This was the message of a landmark meeting in Zanzibar, bringing together 65 delegates from 13 countries across east Africa and the western Indian Ocean. ...

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 ...
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