Category: Velondriake (Madagascar)

Velondriake is Madagascar’s first locally managed marine area, established in 2006 by a network of communities located around the village of Andavadoaka on the southwest coast. Our work in the Velondriake area encompasses sustainable fisheries management, sea cucumber and seaweed aquaculture and community health, as part of our integrated approach to marine conservation.

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Corals in crisis: Monitoring the third global bleaching event in southwest Madagascar

This summer Blue Ventures volunteers and staff in the remote fishing village of Andavadoaka in southwest Madagascar have been enjoying warm waters and calm weather. However, beneath the waves the picture is less idyllic. Where once we dived on reefs...

/ Jun 13, 2016
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Elections bring new leaders and energy into the committee governing Madagascar’s first locally managed marine area

Women and youth now make up a resounding 85% of Velondriake’s management structure! As turmoil returned to Malagasy high politics last month, the Velondriake Association – responsible for the governance of Madagascar’s flagship Locally Managed Marine Area (LMMA) – demonstrated...

/ May 4, 2016
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Velondriake villages stake their claim to mangrove conservation

This week sees both International Forests Day and World Water Day - what better way to explore the intertwined nature of the two than celebrating mangroves - incredible areas where the forest meets the sea.

/ Mar 23, 2016
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Unrivaled: a celebration day for the girls club of Andavadoaka

Women in Velondriake are becoming increasingly dynamic and motivated to make change, and girls are, at the same time, the result and the future of this expanding movement.

/ Feb 11, 2016
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Aquaculture in profile – Mme Luciene: “I want to be able to send my children to university”

The livelihoods and cultural identity of Vezo people in southwest Madagascar are intimately intertwined with the marine environment. Vezo livelihoods, however, are increasingly threatened by overfishing and mangrove deforestation, largely driven by demand from outside markets. Climate change is also...

/ Nov 7, 2015
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Aquaculture in profile – Kirise: “Seaweed farming got me out of poverty, but if I wasn’t motivated, I would still be poor”

“Miarakara zaho (I take care of things). I can afford to buy clothes and food now,” she says, while kneeling next to her thatched home, just steps from the sand’s damp high tide mark on Nosy Tsolike’s beach. From her...

/ Oct 27, 2015
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Aquaculture in profile – Jira: “We write our songs to express our love for the lomotse”

Some people write songs about their cherie (dear) to express their love. We write our songs to express our love for the lomotse. That’s what moves us.

/ Oct 12, 2015
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Aquaculture in profile – Clarisse & Ringo: “I just hope the fish return”

Two years ago, Clarisse and Ringo packed up their family of nine and moved from Bevohitse in the south of Velondriake to Ambolimoke in the north. They were following the fish.

/ Sep 17, 2015
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Aquaculture in profile – Soanatoa: “If you take care of it, then you benefit.”

As he talks, Soanatao draws shapes in the bleached Nosy Tsolike sand with a piece of splintered wood he found in the same spot. He doodles, like one does on a piece of scrap paper while chatting to a friend...

/ Sep 10, 2015
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From the classroom to the field: Malagasy marine science students join Blue Ventures’ Expeditions

In the early hours of a crisp morning in Toliara, two Malagasy marine science students, Andry Razakandrainy Andriamanjato and Max Lahitsiresy Gasimandova, eagerly wait to hop into a car full of international volunteers destined for their new home in Andavadoaka...

/ Sep 7, 2015
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Aquaculture in profile – Marie-Louise: “We are preparing for our future”

The sun is at high noon just a few days after winter solstice in Lamboara. Marie-Louise and five of her fellow seaweed farmers sit in ankle-deep water tending to cords of seaweed. The women laugh, sing and dance while working,...

/ Sep 3, 2015
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Signed, sealed, delivered, I’m your protected area

Creating a new protected area takes time. The members of the Velondriake locally managed marine area (LMMA) management association in southwest Madagascar have been patiently biding theirs for a number of long years. The seven-year journey towards formal government recognition...

/ Aug 18, 2015
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Women’s groups take action to address emergency transport challenges for accessing maternal healthcare

In Madagascar—where women face a 1 in 43 lifetime risk of maternal death—community mobilisation can improve maternal health outcomes. In rural areas, clinics and hospitals are located far from many villages, which means that transport in emergency situations is vital...

/ Aug 7, 2015
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Community health workers embrace mobile technology for smarter service delivery and reporting!

By Parson Rambinizandry (Velondriake Safidy Programme Coordinator) & Marie Williamson (Safidy Medical Officer) Risy looks across at her client, asking the young woman a standard set of questions to be able to safely give her the contraceptive pills she wishes...

/ Jul 31, 2015
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Expedition volunteers hit north Velondriake!

by Madison Kane, Expedition Manager, Madagascar Blue Ventures’ expeditions, is by no means just focused on diving.  Though dive training and surveying plays a large part in expeditions life, there are many opportunities for volunteers to immerse themselves in Malagasy...

/ Jul 2, 2015