Participatory Video Inspires Community-Led Seagrass Conservation in Timor-Leste
Despite boasting some of the most biodiverse marine ecosystems in the world, small-scale fishers in Timor-Leste are increasingly concerned about declining daily catches. Participatory video is a powerful community engagement and communications tool that can help uncover hidden challenges and...
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.
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.
Safety at sea: Community training inspires change in Timor-Leste
Antonio really showed me the importance of providing fishers with the skills to keep themselves and other community members safe, and how this has inspired wider engagement and conservation action in his community.
Five years in Timor-Leste
Birgit Hermann (country director) and Oldegar 'Ollie' Massinga (operations manager) who head up the Blue Ventures team in Timor-Leste, reflect on five years of working with communities to drive locally led marine conservation in the country
Mapping the future: communities come together to discuss locally managed marine areas in Timor-Leste
In February, nine coastal communities from across Timor-Leste came together in Beto-Tasi for the biggest learning exchange ever organised by Blue Ventures in the country.
Challenging gender barriers: an interview with Timor-Leste’s first female Divemaster
This International Women’s Day we are celebrating an extraordinary woman. Mima’s story is one of passion, courage and perseverance.
From global to local, and back again
Birgit Hermann, Country Manager for Blue Ventures in Timor-Leste, shares her experiences of being a Rotary Peace Fellow amongst global peers, and what it means for community conservation impact
From small-scale fishers to ecotourism entrepreneurs
In Timor-Leste, ecotourism is a growing trade and is enabling coastal communities to diversify their livelihoods. In the community of Beto Tasi new families are now opening the doors of their homestay businesses.
Small but mighty: team Timor-Leste unites to take on COVID-19
In his new role as acting country manager in Timor-Leste, Oldegar Massinga explains why he’s not worried about the challenges that lie ahead
Inspiring the next generation: my journey from Admin Assistant to Conservation Officer at Blue Ventures
Dedy, Blue Ventures' Conservation Officer in Timor-Leste writes a letter to Timorese youth about his conservation journey.
Jam Baleia: A two-week cetacean expedition to remember
Turtles and dolphins and whales... oh my!
Why I keep coming back to BV
Roger Vaughan has been volunteering with us for over a decade, and says a Blue Ventures expedition is an adventure like no other
An unforgettable medical elective
Nick spent four weeks in Timor-Leste diving the most biodiverse reefs in the world and helping his fellow volunteers stay in good health
Taking control with Tara Bandu: part 2
After over a year of work, the day has finally come for the community of Behau to formalise the management of their marine resources