Category: Madagascar

Realising our potential: scholars in profile – Lucia

Lucia was one of the first students to receive a Blue Ventures scholarship when the education programme was launched in 2007. She’s now studying geography at the University of Toliara.

/ Sep 6, 2017

Ten years of providing communities with the freedom to choose

Our Medical Director reflects on ten years of integrating community health services into local marine management efforts in Madagascar.

/ Aug 23, 2017

Helping Babies Breathe: one year on

Volunteer medic Emily Clark returns to Velondriake to help improve the training and coverage of neonatal resuscitation in public health centres.

/ Aug 3, 2017
Lambaora mangroves southwest Madagascar

Conserving the Bay of Assassins: the story so far

From village meetings to mangrove mud, this is the story of three years of effort from coastal communities to protect the mangroves of the Bay of Assassins in southwest Madagascar

/ Jul 26, 2017
Mama Bevata Security Watchtower Tampolove Timothy Klückow

Mama Bevata: Tampolove’s new security watchtower

Sea cucumber farmers in Tampolove are now protected by a state of the art watchtower designed to deter potential thieves from making off with valuable stock.

/ Jul 20, 2017

Bees and trees: alternative livelihoods in Ankingabe

In the small coastal village of Ankingabe in northwest Madagascar, Blue Ventures is supporting community-led beekeeping and alternative fuelwood plantations.

/ Jun 15, 2017
Emilienne working hard

Realising our potential: scholars in profile – Emilienne

Having been a Blue Ventures scholarship beneficiary for four years, Emilienne is now working for us as a member of our community health team!

/ Jun 7, 2017

Is the Global Gag Rule set to undermine the foundations of community-based healthcare?

Our Community Health Programme Coordinator Nick Reed-Krase reflects on the impact that the Mexico City Policy will have on community health workers.

/ May 10, 2017

Homestays in Andavadoaka: a unique opportunity

Lesley Wicks, one of the first volunteers to experience the Homestay programme in Andavadoaka, gives her perspective on the experience, and some useful advice!

/ Apr 20, 2017

Realising our potential: scholars in profile – Stephan

Stephan Maheny Denis has such a positive outlook on life that you would never guess the hardships he and his family have endured. His story perfectly exemplifies the thirst for knowledge, against all the odds, of many young people in...

/ Apr 12, 2017

Realising our potential: scholars in profile – Narison

The first blog in a new "Scholars in Profile" series marking the 10 year anniversary of our Education programme supporting youth in the Velondriake area.

/ Mar 30, 2017

What does kung fu have to do with octopus fishing?

The making of “Tovo the octopus gleaner”, a Vezo film featuring intense kung fu action and a mysterious octopus mermaid designed to spread good fisheries practices!

/ Mar 14, 2017

Dingadigana: an alternative livelihood opportunity in northwest Madagascar

As fisheries face unprecedented pressures, coastal communities are looking for economic opportunities beyond fishing. The villages of Ambiky and Ambolobozo have responded with an innovative and promising new aquaculture project: sea cucumber farming.

/ Feb 22, 2017

A year of self critique and tough decisions

Over the past year, three of our senior staff in Madagascar have been working with the Earth Skills Network to reflect on, and improve, the management of our conservation programmes.

/ Jan 19, 2017

Tackling childhood illness in Madagascar

In partnership with Madagascar's Ministry of Health and USAID Mikolo, Blue Ventures is training and supporting women in and around the Velondriake area to manage common childhood illnesses.

/ Jan 11, 2017