Category: LMMA

We’re supporting coastal communities to develop their own locally managed marine areas, designed to sustain local fisheries and safeguard marine biodiversity.

Setting sail: a brief look at migration in southwest Madagascar

By Kame Westerman, Velondriake LMMA Coordinator, Madagascar Human migration can be influenced by a number of factors – political, social, economic, physical, and even cultural. In southwest Madagascar, where Blue Ventures works, migration is an important factor to consider when...

/ Apr 16, 2012

Sustainably developing the environment? Oxfam says it’s possible

by Jo Hudson, Science Intern, London Often it seems that poverty reduction and environmentalism are at loggerheads – as one is in direct competition with the other, often for space, funding and support. But a new report by Oxfam, published...

/ Feb 14, 2012

Weathering the storm

by Kame Westerman, Velondriake MPA Project Coordinator, Madagascar Although located hundreds of miles away in the Mozambique Channel, villages within the Velondriake Locally Managed Marine Area (LMMA) felt the effects of cyclone Funso’s outer edges last week. A recent report estimated...

/ Feb 1, 2012

Diving into the unknown

By Alasdair Harris, BV’s Founder & Research Director, Madagascar The vast reef systems that lie off western Madagascar are some of the least known coral reefs in the western part of the Indian Ocean. Shimmering mountains of calcium carbonate trace the...

/ Nov 21, 2011

Seeing is Believing-Western Madagascar’s first community exchange for marine conservation

I feared a revolt as I brought our group of weary travelers together at dusk, and told them that we’d be having our first evening session with the Velondriake Association committee members that very night. The response from the 16...

/ Nov 18, 2010