Fanny ‘Effy’ Vessaz

15
Sep

Comoros Project Manager
Comoros

Fanny Vessaz, known as Effy, is Blue Ventures’ Project Manager in the Comoros, where she works closely with our partner Dahari to develop community-based marine management initiatives, specifically within three villages on the island of Anjouan: Dzindri, Salamani and Vassy.

After volunteering in many projects and obtaining a MSc in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation, Effy committed herself to various projects focusing on preserving the marine environment while having a strong emphasis on collaboration and outreach. During her MSc thesis, she developed participatory methods with small-scale shrimp trawling fishers in Brazil to experiment bycatch reduction devices and implement adaptive co-management towards a sustainable fishery benefiting local livelihoods.

Since then, she has managed a sea turtle rehabilitation centre, implemented small-scale coral reef restoration and monitoring programmes, and developed awareness-raising campaigns and educational activities in Indonesia, Maldives, Seychelles and Malaysia.

“I believe outreach to a wide range of stakeholders is key in building a sustainable future for all and preserving the environment, as much as is collaboration and partnership, together developing a sustainable future. I also love hiking, being on/in/underwater and reading a good book.”

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