Category: Blue Forests

We’re supporting coastal communities to link the conservation of mangrove, seagrass and coastal wetland habitats with international carbon markets and other payments for ecosystem services.

Geo for Good: from Ambanja to Sunnyvale

Zo Andriamahenina left northwest Madagascar for Sunnyvale, California, to attend Google’s Geo for Good User Summit and learn more about how Google’s tools can help with natural resource management.

/ Dec 6, 2018
Christelle and the trainees capturing a colony from a tree

Bees are friendly insects: launching beekeeping in southwest Madagascar

Since joining Blue Ventures, Christelle has successfully captured wild bee colonies and travelled the length of Madagascar to learn more about community-led beekeeping.

/ Nov 15, 2018

World Mangrove Day across Madagascar

Celebrate the importance of mangroves with the communities and BV teams in Ambanja, Mahajamba, Maintirano and the Velondriake LMMA.

/ Aug 13, 2018
The blue forests team outside Mitsinjo National Park

Looking at the big picture: a blue forests retreat in Andasibe

Aina Celéstin left the southwest of Madagascar for the first time in his life to attend a training retreat in Andasibe with his colleagues from the blue forests team.

/ Jul 20, 2018

From trepidation to appreciation: my experience with Madagascar’s mangroves

When I started working with mangroves four years ago, I had no idea what I was getting myself into...

/ May 22, 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
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
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

Bees and trees: alternative livelihoods in Ankingabe

Blue Ventures’ Digital Media Assistant Ben Honey recently visited Ankingabe village to find out about the community-led beekeeping and fuelwood plantations.

/ Jun 15, 2017

Velondriake villages stake their claim to mangrove conservation

This week sees both International Forests Day and World Water Day - what better way to explore the intertwined nature of the two than celebrating mangroves - incredible areas where the forest meets the sea.

/ Mar 23, 2016

Condoms, crabs and cottonii seaweed: progress update from Belo sur Mer

From humble beginnings over five years ago, locally led mangrove fishery management initiatives are now flourishing in Belo sur Mer and surrounding villages, alongside community-based health promotion and alternative coastal livelihoods in the form of aquaculture.

/ Jul 22, 2015

Lights, Camera, Mangroves, Mosquitoes!

Tahiry Honko is a community mangrove carbon project being run by our Blue Forests team with the local communities in the Bay of Assassins, Southwest Madagascar.

/ Jun 26, 2015

Mysterious mangrove mice: an unexpected encounter

by Zo Andriamahenina, Geospatial Scientist, Blue Forests, Madagascar   We were nearing the end of five months of forest inventory work in the mangroves of Ambaro-Ambanja Bay, northwest Madagascar. After almost three weeks of solid rain during our stay in...

/ Jun 22, 2015

Women take control in the fight against climate change

by Cicelin Rakotomahazo, Socioeconomic Scientist, Blue Forests, Madagascar Mangrove replanting is a new idea for the remote coastal population living within the Velondriake Locally Managed Marine Area (LMMA) in southwest Madagascar. Until very recently, many people believed that mangroves grow only...

/ Jun 11, 2015

Kola tea, crabs and key informants

by Charlie Gough, Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator, UK I drink tea in the afternoon, primarily because I am very ‘English’, but also because coffee seems to have a strange effect on me past midday and I start getting the jitters!...

/ May 19, 2015