Category: Locations

Graduation day with 8 classmates from 7 countries and 4 continents!

A year-long journey exploring conservation leadership in Cambridge

Over the past fifty years, I'm the fourth Malagasy person to graduate from Cambridge and the second Malagasy woman!

/ Apr 28, 2015
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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
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Divided by sea, united by vision: a community exchange across the Mozambique Channel

As the clock neared midnight on a beautiful starry night on the coast of southwest Madagascar, eight sets of bemused and weary eyes peered out at us from the dark depths of a seafood collector truck. Our visitors had spent...

/ Apr 10, 2015
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Turning the tide on marine plastics

Let’s set the scene, we’re on a beautiful white sand beach, dotted with palm trees; a remote tropical paradise, miles away from human habitation. As the tide retreats what’s that left behind in the strandline? Intermixed with the usual bits...

/ Mar 27, 2015
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Women in Lamboara: Preparing for the future

by Cicelin Cicelin RAKOTOMAHAZO and Dolce RANDRIANANDRASAZIKY, Blue Forests southwest team, Madagascar “Planting mangroves is not a question of money, but a question of our future”, said a group of women from the island fishing village of Lamboara, situated in the...

/ Mar 20, 2015
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Making my mother proud…

I feel like I’m gaining skills that will help me to accomplish my goals and hopefully continue to make my mother proud as well.

/ Mar 11, 2015
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A little step for me…. One giant leap for octopus fisheries management

Not only was it my first time in the “Old Town”, the beautiful heart of Zanzibar’s Stone Town, where the labyrinth of alleyways transport you to another time, and the historical monuments and museums bear witness to the cultural and artistic...

/ Mar 3, 2015
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Update from the Pacific Northwest: Greetings from the Blue Ventures outpost in Oregon

 by Trevor Jones, Geospatial Analyst; Manager Blue Carbon Science, USA Like the extensive channels of a mangrove ecosystem, it’s been a long and meandering route since I moved to Madagascar in July, 2011 to help establish the Blue Ventures (BV) Blue Forests...

/ Feb 22, 2015
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A Muddy Mangrove Experience for Expeditions!

Mere hours after the annual conference for Blue Ventures had ended in Andavadoaka, our eighth, and final, expedition of 2014 began!  Typically, when the cars arrive on-site, volunteers have the chance to unpack, shower and get acquainted with their new...

/ Feb 9, 2015
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Through school I know that I’m capable of achieving much more…

I know that staying and finishing school will help me get somewhere where I’m fully satisfied. Doing something other than living day-to-day, doing small jobs, hauling cement or moving rocks. Through school I know that I’m capable of achieving much...

/ Feb 2, 2015
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Girl power

My goal in completing school is to become a midwife. I see the need for women to have someone they can go to and trust with anything, especially young girls.

/ Jan 25, 2015
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Dreaming of university

I don’t know of anyone else who had dreams of going to university as a kid. It isn’t something that many people from here do. No matter what happens, I have to keep trying, I have to find a way...

/ Jan 19, 2015
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Education filled me up almost more than a bowl of rice…

Something magical happens. When I’m at school or studying in the youth clubs with Blue Ventures, it’s like learning is the medicine that cures my hunger.

/ Jan 12, 2015
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Uncovering the hidden power of Population-Health-Environment programmes

Have you ever wondered how offering family planning to communities in Madagascar might be affecting the size of fish in the Mozambique Channel? Or how working with octopus gleaners may be impacting women’s use of contraception? Or how seaweed farming...

/ Nov 20, 2014
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Student Conference on Conservation Science in Bangalore, India

by Cicelin RAKOTOMAHAZO, Socioeconomic Scientist – Blue Forests, Madagascar This was not only my first time on a flight but also my first time travelling outside of Madagascar. I was heading to Bangalore, the third largest city in India, to...

/ Nov 3, 2014