Sharing learning, building networks, driving change

Once we’ve developed an effective model for catalysing or enhancing community conservation, we collaborate with like-minded organisations to apply and adapt this approach in new geographies. We offer toolkits, training, technical advice, mentoring and learning exchanges to guide our partners through every step of the process.

Whether it’s how to organise a temporary fishery closure to catalyse community support for marine conservation or how to work holistically and integrate reproductive health services with such initiatives to enhance women’s engagement in local management efforts, we’re dedicated to supporting our partners to build on our experiences from Madagascar by taking these approaches to the regions where they work.

Our collaborative relationships with partners are centred on mutual exchange, as we seek to share experiences across different contexts and learn from each other.

Our support offerings include:


Our Population-Health-Environment (PHE) partnerships guide and ODK mobile monitoring toolkit are available to download now! A Locally Managed Marine Area (LMMA) toolkit is also coming soon. These comprehensive resources provide the information needed for programme development and are illustrated with plenty of case study examples from our own implementation experiences.

Training and technical advice

Interactive training sessions and follow up technical support delivered by our experienced LMMA / PHE specialists bring the content of our toolkits to life and enable our partners to develop the competencies needed to apply these models. This package ensures a deep technical understanding and adequate monitoring & evaluation of results.


We offer to guide our partners through every step of their LMMA / PHE journey, facilitating reflection on appropriate organisational values to underpin implementation and acting as a sounding board as they seek to adapt these approaches in the regions where they work. We strongly encourage their aspirations to champion these models by supporting them to play a leading role in national or regional learning networks.

Learning exchanges

We can facilitate visits to our field sites in Madagascar for NGO staff and/or local community members including fishers. Our carefully designed itineraries are tailored to meet the individual needs of our partners and may take in a variety of our programmes from fisheries management to aquaculture, blue carbon and community health in line with our holistic approach to conservation. Emphasis is placed on practical learning and mutual sharing of experiences.

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Our partners

It was a privilege to visit BV's various sites in Madagascar! We learned a great deal, and were most impressed by the skills and commitment of the BV team. Much inspiration and ideas to digest; we look forward to further collaboration.
John Tanzer
The fisher learning exchange to Madagascar and follow-up technical advice provided by Blue Ventures are proving invaluable in advancing our efforts to support locally led fisheries management in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique. The exchange was a powerful opportunity for our partner community members to witness the benefits of temporary octopus fishery closures and discuss some of the challenges in implementing these effectively.
Mike Riddell
BV has been greatly supportive of our journey into marine conservation over the past few years, starting with a learning exchange between lobster fishers from our partner communities and octopus fishers in their partner communities, which catalysed the creation of lobster fishery closures in southeast Madagascar and helped develop broader support for community-based marine management. BV has since linked us into Madagascar's national LMMA network, invited us to a regional workshop in Zanzibar to share experiences of community-based fisheries management, and most recently provided us with valuable technical advice that enabled us to secure funding to explore integrating reproductive health services with our local marine conservation initiatives.
Lisa Bass

International support contacts


Marc Fruitema

Partner Support Manager

[email protected]


Laura Robson

Health / PHE

[email protected]

Steve Rocliffe, Blue Ventures

Steve Rocliffe

Fisheries Resources

[email protected]

Madagascar learning networks


Madagascar network contacts

Vatosoa Rakotondrazafy, Mihari Network

Vatosoa Rakotondrazafy


[email protected]


Nantenaina Andriamalala


[email protected]

Latest news & blogs


Stanford Social Innovation Review: Marine Conservation 2.0

The Stanford Social Innovation Review has published an article, written by Blue Ventures' Steve Rocliffe, that focuses on the effectiveness of marine conservation models that put communities first.

Madagascar PHE Network: PHE resources launched!

Population-Health-Environment (PHE) partnerships guide and PHE story cards (an integrated PHE community outreach tool) are now available for download!

Stanford Social Innovation Review: Five Ways to Advance Conservation Entrepreneurship

Meeting today’s growing conservation challenges requires that we find new ways of thinking about and practicing conservation, rooted in solving social problems through scalable methods and prototypes that deliver results.

Crossing the ocean for marine conservation (again!)

Fishers from Madagascar complete a community exchange with Mexico sharing experiences of sustainable fisheries management.

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