A year’s progress for community led conservation in the Comoros

Sarah Freed reviews the highlights of 2017, a year of learning, partnership and preparation.

/ Apr 13, 2018

Welcome visitors! Families on Ataúro pioneer the island’s first homestay association

Homestays offer a unique cultural experience that is long-remembered by visitors, and that would be impossible to replicate in a hotel or guesthouse.

/ Mar 23, 2018

Taming the lionfish: celebrating the contribution of our volunteers in Belize

At the European Coral Reef Symposium in Oxford in December 2017, we shared positive lessons learnt on the benefits that volunteers can bring to marine conservation, using our efforts to address Belize’s lionfish invasion as a case study.

/ Mar 14, 2018

A woman in a man’s world: how the MIHARI Network coordinator is getting women’s voices heard

The National Coordinator of the MIHARI Network, Vatosoa Rakotondrazafy, is a pioneering voice for women’s rights in Madagascar’s male-dominated fisheries sector.

/ Mar 8, 2018
E-louise scaling fish outside her house

Realising our potential: scholars in profile – E-louise

E-louise was one of the first students to be supported by a Blue Ventures scholarship when they first began in 2007, and she’s now an intern within our education programme!

/ Mar 8, 2018

A Medical Elective in Madagascar

Hina Morjaria, a medical student at the University of Exeter, spent her elective learning about community health in remote Madagascar as a Blue Ventures volunteer.

/ Feb 28, 2018
The fishing ground opens | Photo: Mwambao

Villages working together: a cooperative approach to fishery closures in Zanzibar

In December last year we visited our partner organisation Mwambao, which is assisting communities in Zanzibar to manage fisheries in a way that benefits the many.

/ Feb 15, 2018

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

Ten years of wading through mud with BV

Lalao Aigrette, our Deputy National Blue Forests Programme Lead, tells the story of her ten years supporting communities with mangrove conservation in Madagascar.

/ Jan 31, 2018

Scaling up the success of lionfish management through practitioner exchange

Four delegates from Colombia recently visited Belize to learn about market-based approaches to invasive lionfish control.

/ Jan 24, 2018
Monda and team conducting a survey | Photo: Christina Saylor

Collaborating to save seagrass: communities in Timor-Leste embrace a new opportunity for conservation

A community-based seagrass monitoring programme has been established to empower the residents of Ataúro Island to protect one of their most vital marine ecosystems.

/ Jan 17, 2018
The kids with their colour wheels.

Sarteneja’s kids learn about marine conservation through art

35 kids visited Blue Venture’s office in Sarteneja to create some marine-themed art and learn about conservation efforts in Belize.

/ Jan 10, 2018

Plastic in the oceans: a volunteer’s perspective

Timor-Leste volunteer Rebecca Loy reflects on what individuals can do about this global problem.

/ Jan 3, 2018

An eye on the bigger picture: the evolution of our Belize team

Since Davide joined Blue Ventures in November 2014, the Belize team has undergone significant changes to keep community interests at the heart of their work.

/ Dec 20, 2017
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