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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Women take control in the fight against climate change

by Cicelin Rakotomahazo, Socioeconomic Scientist, Blue Forests, Madagascar Mangrove replanting is a new idea for the remote coastal population living within the Velondriake Locally Managed Marine Area (LMMA) in southwest Madagascar. Until very recently, many people believed that mangroves grow only...

/ Jun 11, 2015
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Our Madagascar expedition has a newly qualified PADI Divemaster!

Patrick Ramindrasoa, known to us here in Andava as Patty, is an essential member of the expeditions team in Madagascar. He began working full time for expeditions in 2013 as a boat captain, after working as Blue Ventures retainer captain...

/ Jun 3, 2015
Havany, aged 24 years, gave birth to a healthy baby boy a few weeks ago. Like the majority of women in her village, she delivered at home without the assistance of a trained midwife. Luckily she experienced no complications, but others are not so fortunate.

Call the midwife!

After months of passionate campaigning and thanks to strong collaboration with the Madagascar Ministry of Health, a government midwife has been placed in Andavadoaka!

/ May 19, 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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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 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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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
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Octopus opening day: ten years on

by Olivia Kemp, Fisheries Programme Manager, Madagascar In August this year, coastal communities in the southwest region of Madagascar celebrated their 10th periodic octopus fishery closure season. Since 2004, villages along this coastline have been annually closing off parts of their fishing sites,...

/ Sep 2, 2014
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Project integration: expeditions meet aquaculture

By Madison Kane, Expedition Manager, Madagascar On a Friday afternoon, after some beautiful morning dives, the expedition volunteers eagerly await their ride to Tampolove; a trip I have always said is one of my favourites. Jaws drop and gasps of...

/ Jul 29, 2014