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Some of the best posts from our archive!

Towards resilience: responding to economic shocks caused by the COVID-19 crisis

With our partners, we are mobilising around the world to help support locally led conservation efforts against the current crisis, safeguarding food security and livelihoods for coastal communities in this turbulent time.

/ Apr 29, 2020

Going beyond conservation: responding to community health needs during the COVID-19 pandemic

On World Health Day, we express gratitude to health care workers, our community health team and the Blue Ventures family for working together to respond to this crisis

/ Apr 7, 2020

A knowledge journey through Madagascar

Our new Knowledge Development Manager, Jenny Oates, takes us on a journey through Madagascar to discover what knowledge means at Blue Ventures

/ Mar 25, 2020

Meet the ‘Monster of Bahoi’

“If I die today or tomorrow it makes no difference. I have no regrets. This protected area is for the continuity of the lives of my children and their children. I do this for the sake of many people.”

/ Mar 2, 2020

Beyond population: reaffirming our rights-led approach to marine conservation

On World Population Day, it’s time to have a more nuanced discussion about population dynamics and sustainability that centres the rights of people in the global south while recognising the responsibilities of people in the global north

/ Jul 11, 2019

Toudani: inspiring a connection with land, ocean and culture

Women in Fisheries 2: an interview with Nurmayanti of FORKANI

/ May 24, 2019

International Year of the Reef: why 2018 is the year to get involved!

Coral reefs are facing increasing global threats, but there’s still hope for these vital ecosystems...

/ Feb 7, 2018
Pygmy Blue Whale

The whales are coming: cetacean surveys around Ataúro Island

Blue Ventures staff and volunteers join Karen Edyvane of the National University of Timor-Leste in her yearly quest to study the pygmy blue whale migration.

/ Dec 13, 2017
Blue Ventures volunteers and staff on Nosy Vé prior to the opening

A unique opportunity to experience community-based fisheries management

Madagascar volunteer Jessie Skedd shares her insight after witnessing the opening of octopus fishing grounds following a period of temporary closure.

/ Sep 15, 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

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

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

Working across sectors for real change: community health workers advance marine management in their villages

As communities in Velondriake voted an unprecedented proportion of women and youth into the committee governing their locally managed marine area, our teams in Belo sur Mer and Maintirano have been busy training community health workers to engage more people in...

/ May 18, 2016

Elections bring new leaders and energy to governing Madagascar’s first locally managed marine area

Women and youth now make up a resounding 85% of Velondriake’s management structure! As turmoil returned to Malagasy high politics last month, the Velondriake Association – responsible for the governance of Madagascar’s flagship Locally Managed Marine Area (LMMA) – demonstrated...

/ May 4, 2016

Aquaculture in profile – Mme Luciene: “I want to be able to send my children to university”

The livelihoods and cultural identity of Vezo people in southwest Madagascar are intimately intertwined with the marine environment. Vezo livelihoods, however, are increasingly threatened by overfishing and mangrove deforestation, largely driven by demand from outside markets. Climate change is also...

/ Nov 7, 2015