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Accelerating progress by supporting new partners

Every journey, the cliché goes, begins with a small step. We took our first more than a decade ago, in a remote corner of southwest Madagascar, when we supported the village of Andavadoaka to temporarily close a small reef to octopus fishing to see if this might boost declining catches. This small step soon became ...

Stanford Social Innovation Review: Five Ways to Advance Conservation Entrepreneurship

This article in Stanford Social Innovation Review, co-authored by our founder Alasdair Harris, argues that the entire conservation field has developed under the false premise that biodiversity science is of primary importance. The article argues that social change is equally, if not more, important when it comes to solving global conservation issues. "Meeting today’s growing conservation ...

Crossing the ocean for marine conservation (again!)

In August 2015 octopus fishers from Mexico travelled to Madagascar as the first leg of a community exchange. This month Malagasy fishers made the return journey to learn more about the Mexican experience of sustainable fisheries management. At sunrise one morning earlier this month, Joseph Rabesolo set off from his home to go fishing. Usually ...

Mozambique: new partnerships set to link health services with marine conservation initiatives

Blue Ventures is launching new support partnerships with the Endangered Wildlife Trust and Peace Parks Foundation as they work to incorporate community health elements into their marine conservation initiatives in Mozambique. In a country where almost a third of women report unmet family planning needs and where isolated coastal communities are among the most under-served ...

Working together to rebuild tropical fisheries

Building a global cooperation to inspire community-led marine conservation Blue Ventures has today committed to a collaboration with the World Wide Fund for Nature, one of the world’s best-known conservation organisations. This strategic relationship aims to both strengthen global awareness of the challenges facing tropical small-scale fisheries worldwide, and accelerate the uptake of incentive-based approaches ...

Madagascar PHE Network: Numerous new cross-sector partnerships sparked through dynamic workshop!

Efforts to advance sustainable development in Madagascar received a boost last week as more than 20 health and conservation organisations came together to establish new partnerships and share learning about joint initiatives. Check out the full story: Numerous new cross-sector partnerships sparked through dynamic workshop!

First community-managed temporary reserve for octopus reopens in Mozambique

Fishermen and women in northern Mozambique have celebrated the re-opening of the country's first periodic reef closure targeting the octopus fishery. The reserves, which work by closing a small part of a village's reef area to octopus fishing for a few months, have proven to be an effective method of increasing catches and incomes among ...

Partnering for conservation in Timor-Leste

Our Managing Director Richard Nimmo is currently visiting our new colleagues and partners in Timor-Leste. Today he signed a formal partnership agreement with Dr Mari Alkatiri, President of the Oe-Cusse Ambeno Special Administrative Region (SAR) and the Special Economic Zones of Social Market Economy of Timor-Leste (ZEESM TL). Blue Ventures will work in collaboration with ...

Catalysing marine conservation in the coral triangle

Blue Ventures is embarking on a new programme in Timor-Leste, working with coastal communities, government agencies, and conservation partners to develop community-led marine conservation in the crucible of marine biodiversity. At the crossroads of Asia and the Pacific lies Asia’s newest country, a remote and mountainous island whose name translates as ‘East of East’. Fringed with ...

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 ...
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