Category: Locations

Sea cucumber pens, new structure | Photo: Timothy Klückow

An aquaculture adventure: visiting Tampolove’s sea cucumber farms

A group of Blue Ventures volunteers recently visited the village of Tampolove in southwest Madagascar to learn about the sustainable aquaculture initiatives there.

/ Nov 16, 2017
At the surface | Photo: Jen Craighill

A fisherman’s journey into deeper seas: scuba diving and conservation in Timor-Leste

Amos Da Costa's family has always relied on the sea for their food and livelihood, but he believes they must look to the future. He now helps to conserve Ataúro Island's marine environments as Blue Ventures' Dive and Science Assistant.

/ Nov 9, 2017
Banggai Island | Claudia Matzdorf

LINI – leading the way for community-based octopus fishery management in Indonesia

Claudia and Ratih from our Indonesia team spent the day with partner organisation LINI, who are developing conservation initiatives with coastal Bajo communities.

/ Nov 1, 2017
Toalidy and the Safidy team with Community Health Workers after the regroupement | Photo: Njaka Raveloson

Visiting Andavadoaka: a community health learning exchange

After making the five day journey from Maintirano, Toalidy spent a month with Blue Ventures’ Safidy team in Andavadoaka learning new ways to support remote coastal communities.

/ Oct 25, 2017
Ring-tailed lemur | Photo Ben Honey

Explore Madagascar Overland: sometimes the longer route is better

Our Madagascar volunteers have the opportunity to experience some of the country’s spectacular scenery and iconic wildlife before their expedition even begins!

/ Oct 19, 2017
All in the same boat. The resulting sketch by the Forkani team shows different organisations coming together and all using the same boat to reach the community.

All in the same boat: integrating conservation and health in Kaledupa

A workshop was recently hosted by our partner organisation Forkani with the aim of fostering cross-sector partnerships between health and conservation groups in Kaledupa.

/ Oct 10, 2017
What is clear in our talks is the deep knowledge these fishermen have of Ataúro’s waters | Photo: Martin Muir

The crocodile’s children: community-led marine management on Ataúro

The community of Ilik-namu have decided to take control of their future and begin managing their marine resources.

/ Oct 4, 2017
World Mangrove Day 2017

Replanting mangrove forest in the Bay of Assassins

Volunteer Amanda Millin recounts her experience of Madagascar’s annual mangrove festival.

/ Sep 28, 2017

Sea Change: Ataúro’s first female scuba diver lends her voice to marine conservation efforts

Jemima Gomes was the first female scuba diver on Ataúro Island, and she is now advocating for marine conservation in her community.

/ Sep 20, 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

Realising their 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

Having a whale of a time in Timor-Leste

Volunteer Harrison Root describes his two favourite mornings from his marine conservation expedition on Ataúro Island.

/ Aug 31, 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

4 take home messages from the International Congress for Conservation Biology

Belize Country Coordinator Jennifer Chapman distills her thoughts on why interdisciplinary skills are a must for effective conservation.

/ Aug 18, 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