Category: International

In addition to our field programmes in Madagascar and Belize, we regularly share our learning at international conferences and we’re supporting various partners to adopt our conservation models in other tropical developing coastal regions.

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Eco-labels and sustainability management in the Island of the Gods

By Olivia Kemp, Sustainable Fisheries Programme Manager, Madagascar Earlier this year I travelled to the Centre of the Universe. Or the island of Bali, Indonesia, as it is also known. The Balinese, who have a deeply rich culture, believe that...

/ Jun 7, 2014
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A victory for PHE: Blue Ventures wins the 2014 St Andrews Prize for the Environment

by Vik Mohan, Medical Director, Exeter, UK Against the elegant backdrop of the University of St Andrews, I spent an inspiring, exhausting, and at times terrifying three days, competing against two other finalists for the 2014 St Andrews Prize for...

/ Jun 4, 2014
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Blue Ventures in India

By Dr Trevor Jones, Geospatial Analyst & Manager, Blue Carbon Science, Vancouver, Canada Greetings from Vancouver where I write to you in the midst of recovering from my recent travels to the other side of the globe. I’ve just returned...

/ Jun 2, 2014
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Experiencing Europe: Attending the Student Conference on Conservation Science

by Lalao Aigrette, Senior Blue Carbon Scientist, Toliara – Madagascar The purpose of my first ever visit to Europe was to attend the fifteenth Student Conference on Conservation Science (SCCS) in Cambridge, UK from March 25th to April 2nd. The...

/ May 19, 2014
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Using the right tools for the job: my experiences with TESSA

by Lalao Aigrette, Senior Blue Carbon Scientist, Toliara, Madagascar According to my colleagues, Kenya is my second home, as this trip marks my sixth visit to the east African country. I recently attended a follow-up workshop about the uses of the Toolkit...

/ Apr 8, 2014
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Talking ‘pweza’ (octopus) on Pemba Island, Zanzibar

By Brian Jones, Conservation Coordinator, Toliara, Madagascar   (Photos by Brian Jones and Jo Hudson) As far as reccie trips go, there are worse places to be sent than Pemba Island, Zanzibar. Though the coast of southwest Madagascar holds a special place in...

/ Mar 25, 2014
Meeting with an existing women's group (a 'stick' group – which is a type of group that put their money in each month, and one member of the group receives it) on QuifukiPhoto credit: Mike Riddell, Bioclimate

Women octopus gleaners and loan sharks in Mozambique

The second update from my time in northern Mozambique, advising local NGO AMA and their Edinburgh-based partner Bioclimate on community-led octopus fishery management… Walking around the small and quiet village of Quiwia with a group of fisherwomen, we see racks of drying octopus lying in...

/ Mar 19, 2014
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‘Polvo’ and participatory mapping in Mozambique

It’s a good job I don’t mind getting my hands dirty! I’m standing on an island in the bay of Mocimboa da Praia in northern Mozambique with the sun beating down, and a group of about ten fishermen crowded around...

/ Mar 13, 2014
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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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Sustainable tuna fisheries management in the southwest Indian Ocean

by Charlie Gough, Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator, UK Flying into Maputo, Mozambique in November 2013 I was excited and a little apprehensive. I was representing Blue Ventures at the 4th annual forum of civil society organisations (CSO)/private sector (PS) for...

/ Feb 26, 2014
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Greetings from the Pacific Northwest

by Trevor Jones, Geospatial Analyst & Manager – Blue Carbon Science, Vancouver Update from Blue Ventures’ newest branch in Vancouver, Canada. Greetings from the Pacific Northwest! After two exciting and fruitful years in Madagascar, I have moved to Vancouver, Canada to...

/ Feb 6, 2014
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The Geo for Good Summit: putting cutting edge mapping technologies in the hands of non-profits

By Trevor Jones, Geospatial Analyst & Manager, Blue Carbon Science, Vancouver What happens when you spend a week with representatives from dozens of non-profits, educational institutions and research institutes learning about recent advances in mapping tools and technologies at the...

/ Jan 30, 2014
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Spicing up aquaculture: experiences from our regional workshop in Zanzibar

by Jo Hudson, Conservation & Communications Officer, London As I stepped off the plane in Stone Town, Zanzibar, the heat hit me like a slap the face and I was dazzled by the sunlight – I thought to myself “Toto...

/ Jan 16, 2014
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Staff Q&A with Frances Humber, Conservation Programme Manager

In the eighteenth instalment in our series of Q&As with Blue Ventures staff, we ask Frances Humber, our London-based conservation programme manager, some searching questions about science, conservation and superpowers… What is your professional background? Despite the cliché, I had decided...

/ Jan 10, 2014
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Making an IMPAC at the International Marine Protected Areas Congress

by Olivier Raynaud, Maintirano & Barren Isles Project Coordinator, Madagascar Following Geeling, Australia in 2005 and Washington DC, USA in 2009, the third International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC3) was held in Marseilles, France in October 2013. Jointly organised by the...

/ Jan 7, 2014