During his two year Masters in Applied Oceanology at Madagascar’s National Marine Research Institute, IHSM (Institut Halieutique et des Sciences Marines), Cicelin undertook an internship with Blue Ventures’ community-based aquaculture project in the Velondriake Locally Managed Marine Area, studying the environmental factors influencing the growth and health of farmed red seaweed Kappaphycus alvarezii.
While Cicelin studied the environmental factors affecting aquaculture, he became increasingly aware of, and interested in, the socioeconomic aspects of environmental management and conservation. Motivated to continue his studies, Cicelin then started a PhD fellowship with Blue Ventures’ Blue Forests programme. The aim of his work was to establish socioeconomic baselines using participatory approaches and assessing the socioeconomic impacts of mangrove conservation and mangrove forest carbon projects.
He is now the Blue Forests Coordinator for Blue Ventures in the southwest of Madagascar.