Tag: measuring impact

Photo © Garth Cripps.

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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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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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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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
Participants of the MARFund workshop in Guatemala, representing government and NGOs in Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Belize, as well as some from the Wider Caribbean.

From salsa to merengue: Cross-border collaboration for a cross-border problem

by Jen Chapman, Country Coordinator, Belize One of the main focuses of Blue Ventures’ work in Belize is the monitoring and management of invasive lionfish, Pterois volitans. This Indo-Pacific fish was first spotted off the coast of Florida in the...

/ Jul 2, 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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Lionfish searches and lobster tickling

By Andy Veal, Blue Ventures expedition volunteer, Belize After our first week of marine science classes in the beautiful fishing village of Sarteneja, myself and my fellow expedition volunteers were excited to finally make it to the Bacalar Chico Dive...

/ Mar 24, 2014
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Staff Q&A with Lalao Aigrette, Senior Blue Carbon Scientist

In the sixteenth instalment in our series of Q&As with Blue Ventures staff, we ask Lalao Aigrette, our Senior Blue Carbon Scientist, some searching questions about science, conservation and superpowers… What is your scientific background? I have a degree from...

/ Dec 13, 2013
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Staff Q&A with Charlie Gough, Senior Marine Scientist, Madagascar

In the twelfth instalment in our series of Q&As with Blue Ventures staff, we ask Charlie Gough, our Senior Marine Scientist, some searching questions about science, conservation and superpowers… What is your scientific background? Academically: a BSc in marine and coastal ecology...

/ Jul 22, 2013
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Telling our story: capturing the complexity of Blue Ventures’ integrated work

By Charlie Gough, marine scientist, and Laura Robson, community health coordinator What do you get if you put twelve evaluation specialists in a small room with four Population-Health-Environment (PHE) [1] practitioners? Five hours of mind-blowing conversations about capturing the complexity of...

/ Jul 8, 2013
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Blue carbon in Abu Dhabi

by Trevor Jones, Remote Sensing Scientist, Madagascar Lalao Aigrette, fellow BV Blue Forests colleague, and I recently spent a fascinating two weeks in the western coast of the Arabian Gulf. We were participating in the initial research of the Abu...

/ Mar 27, 2013
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The most beautiful adventure: My first trip beyond Madagascar

by Rado Lebely, Terrestrial & Fisheries Scientist and EDGE Fellowship winner, Madagascar Who would think that I’ve never been outside of Madagascar, never travelled by plane and never seen an international airport? This reality changed when I was accepted to join...

/ Feb 13, 2013
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We all agree that the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef is in poor health… but it could be worse!

by Jennifer Chapman, Country Coordinator, Belize All too often research efforts undertaken by organisations and individuals are not shared. Beautiful reports are produced, describing problems, threats, changes, declines, recommendations, opportunities, constraints… but no one reads them. Nothing happens. The Healthy...

/ Jan 9, 2013
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The highs and lows of the octopus project

by Sophie Andriamalala, Southwest Regional Coordinator, Madagascar For the last two weeks the octopus team in Toliara have spent 10 hours a day staring at our computer screens and cleaning, checking and organising over 900 notebooks filled to the brim with...

/ Dec 11, 2012