Category: Belo-sur-Mer (Madagascar)

Our work in Belo sur Mer on Madagascar’s west coast started in 2009, and currently focuses on supporting coastal communities to establish periodic mangrove fishery reserves in the area. Since 2013, we’ve branched into community-based aquaculture and reproductive health, as part of our integrated approach to marine conservation.


Working across sectors for real change: community health workers advance marine management in their villages

As communities in Velondriake voted an unprecedented proportion of women and youth into the committee governing their locally managed marine area, our teams in Belo sur Mer and Maintirano have been busy training community health workers to engage more people in...

/ May 18, 2016
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New beginnings across the Mozambique Channel

Support partnerships with the Endangered Wildlife Trust and Peace Parks Foundation are set to integrate community health services into coastal resource management efforts in two of Mozambique’s most critical marine ecosystems

/ May 16, 2016
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Condoms, crabs and cottonii seaweed: progress update from Belo sur Mer

From humble beginnings over five years ago, locally led mangrove fishery management initiatives are now flourishing in Belo sur Mer and surrounding villages, alongside community-based health promotion and alternative coastal livelihoods in the form of aquaculture.

/ Jul 22, 2015

New shark bytes in Belo sur Mer

One week after never having used a smart phone before, Farakely had managed to complete forms on his own and had data that was ready to send!

/ Apr 21, 2015

Putting Madagascar on the (Google) Map

by Leah Glass, Blue Carbon Project Manager, Madagascar I’m writing this blog whilst drifting down the Sambirano River in northwest Madagascar on a traditional pirogue. On a ‘normal’ work day I’d be on my way to visit one of mangrove...

/ Oct 22, 2014

Increasing choice for women in Belo

By Eddie Carver, Safidy Programme Coordinator, Belo sur Mer, Madagascar August 4th 6pm All eight of our Community-Based Distributors (CBDs) of contraceptives have arrived in Belo sur Mer! This was no easy task. Loralety travelled over 50 kilometres by zebu...

/ Sep 9, 2014
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Thirsty for knowledge: community health worker training in Ankevo sur Mer

By Christo Rasoloniaina, health education officer, Belo sur Mer, Madagascar One month after my arrival in Belo sur Mer as the new health education officer, we organised a review training session to regroup all of the women working as community-based distributors...

/ May 1, 2014

Mangrove reserve openings in Belo sur Mer: a photo diary

By Jeremie Bossert, Belo sur Mer Conservation Coordinator, Madagascar Mangrove forests provide rich fishing grounds for many coastal people in western Madagascar. Blue Ventures first trialled mangrove reserves – temporary areas closed to all fishing – with the community of...

/ Mar 28, 2014
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On the road: tales from your semi-nomadic Conservation Coordinator

By Brian Jones, Conservation Coordinator, Toliara, Madagascar  (All photos courtesy of Brian Jones) After almost six years of living in remote villages throughout Madagascar, the modern amenities of Toliara, like hot showers and wifi, were a welcome relief when I...

/ Mar 20, 2014

Entering the third dimension in Belo sur Mer

By Jérémie Bossert, Belo Sur Mer Coordinator, Madagascar Finally Madagascar has a democratically elected president! Things here have a tendency to move slowly, be it getting an authorisation signed, ordering a new generator part, or even electing a president. However,...

/ Mar 18, 2014

Celebrating women who inspire change

By Johanna Medvey, Safidy programme volunteer, Andavadoaka, Madagascar I’m currently volunteering with the Safidy programme in Andavadoaka, and was offered the opportunity to write this special blog post for International Women’s Day. The 8th of March (“Valo Mars”) is an...

/ Mar 8, 2014
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Family planning festivals sail into Belo sur Mer

By Lison Garrel, Safidy (Community Health) Programme Coordinator, Belo sur Mer, Madagascar Last month the commune of Belo sur Mer was in a party mood! And no, it wasn’t because of the rallies preceding the presidential election, it wasn’t because of...

/ Jan 29, 2014

Reaching the hardest to reach with reproductive health choices

Two boys splash across the shallows as the tide goes out in the channel by Begamela, a small fishing community on Madagascar’s southwest coast, chasing after their model pirogues, adjusting the sails and setting them off in a race towards...

/ Nov 8, 2013

PHE arrives in Belo sur Mer!

By Vik Mohan, Medical Director Last month I visited Belo sur Mer to witness the excellent progress that Lison Garrel has already made in implementing our new Safidy community health programme in the area, integrating it into our existing community-based mangrove...

/ Oct 2, 2013

My village outreach tour experience with the Safidy team in Velondriake

By Lison Garrel, Safidy (Community Health) Programme Coordinator, Belo sur Mer Last month the Belo sur Mer team travelled to Andavadoaka to attend the annual Blue Ventures conference. We spent four productive days catching up with colleagues from all over Madagascar,...

/ Sep 16, 2013