Category: Locations

Safety at sea training to save lives and reduce risk for fishers in Indonesia

Indah Rufiati – Fisheries Lead at Yayasan Pesisir Lestari (YPL), Indonesia During my career, I have had the opportunity to join many small-scale fishing trips in various parts of Indonesia’s archipelago. I’ve always been concerned about the risks and dangers...

/ Feb 2, 2023
mud crab; sorting; grading; Indonesia

Launching the first temporary mud crab fishery closure in Sapat, Indonesia

Community-based mud crab fisheries monitoring in Indonesia leads to sustainable practices with temporary fisheries closure.

/ Jan 25, 2023

Putting communities at the heart of coral reef monitoring in Timor-Leste

Our Conservation Officer in Timor-Leste, Armindo Marques, talks about his journey with BV and training a team of Timorese reef monitoring volunteers.

/ Jan 16, 2023

Voices from COP15

The end of the year brought two major events to address the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss, and to decide the fate of humanity, and the future of all life on earth. After Egypt hosted the climate COP27...

/ Dec 10, 2022
Sadify; clinic consultation; Andavadoaka; community health; Madagascar; HIV; AIDS

Improving coastal community access to essential HIV services in Madagascar

Through our close links to communities in the countries where we work, we know that HIV/Aids affects many fishing communities. Our director of Community Health, Dr. Vik Mohan, explains...

/ Dec 1, 2022

‘This land is ours’: exploring new partnerships with Tiniguena in Guinea-Bissau

As we approached the remote island of Formosa at sundown after a two-hour boat ride from Guinea-Bissau’s capital Bissau, I was overwhelmed by the vibrant nature that surrounded us. Fish eagles greeted us with eerie calls, and flocks of pelicans...

/ Nov 24, 2022

A song of change in Madagascar brings goosebumps and tears

As a marine ecologist and self-acclaimed nerd, I get excited when I see a graph, especially one charting fish abundance or coral cover. But there are myriad ways to share tales of change beyond data, especially where numbers don’t convey...

/ Oct 28, 2022

Sharing nature-based customary practices to drive climate change adaptation across the Pacific

BV's Country Director in Timor-Leste, Birgit Hermann, on her recent trip to Fiji with conservation leaders from the region to launch new projects to strengthen the resilience of Pacific islands to climate change by using nature-based solutions. 

/ Oct 11, 2022

Improving community health to boost engagement in conservation

I sat down with Edith Ngunjiri, our Technical Advisor, Health-Environment Partnerships, to get her insights on the health-environment approach following the 15th anniversary of the Blue Ventures Safidy programme. The community health programme has integrated health activities within marine conservation...

/ Sep 28, 2022

Achieving conservation dreams by supporting teams

This post is the last series featuring some of the first marine conservation leaders taking part in the African Marine Conservation Leadership Programme that Blue Ventures and Maliasili started in 2020. They share their leadership journeys as part of the...

/ Sep 16, 2022

Building connections to solve conservation issues

This post is the second series featuring some of the first marine conservation leaders taking part in the African Marine Conservation Leadership Programme that Blue Ventures and Maliasili started in 2020. They share their leadership journeys as part of the...

/ Aug 31, 2022

Nurturing leadership in African marine conservation

This is the first post in a series featuring some of the first marine conservation leaders participating in the African Marine Conservation Leadership Programme that Blue Ventures and Maliasili started in 2020. They share their leadership journeys as part of the...

/ Aug 25, 2022

Voices of young community leaders

Speaking up for change in Antsahampano village through mangrove conservation. This is the final piece in a four-part series on the voices of young community leaders from Madagascar. Joséphine Besonoa, the community mangrove management association (VOI) technician, speaks on how...

/ Jul 27, 2022

Voices of young community leaders

Encouraging youth to care more for the environment This is the third piece in a four-part series featuring the voices of young community leaders from Madagascar. Fisherwoman Yolande Soamihaja describes her journey as she inspires fellow youth to take on...

/ Jul 20, 2022

Voices of young community leaders

Changemaking through the art of ‘kabary’ speechmaking in Madagascar This post is the second of a 4-part series featuring the voices of young community leaders from Madagascar. In this second part, Landry Jaofasy, a farmer, tells us how he gradually...

/ Jul 15, 2022