Category: Community Conservation

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

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

Veda de polvo: temporary octopus closures in Mozambique

Our partner WWF Mozambique has recently facilitated two community-led octopus closures following a learning exchange to Velondriake, Madagascar.

/ Apr 26, 2017

Tinan ida iha Timor-Lorosae: a year in Timor-Leste

In January 2016, Sean Clement was arriving in Timor-Leste for the first time, and now he reflects on a remarkable year on Ataúro Island that has laid the foundations for a bright future.

/ Mar 22, 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

Training the trainers: building capacity for locally led conservation in Mozambique

In collaboration with partners AMA and CORDIO, and as part of the Our Sea Our Life project, Blue Ventures recently hosted a training workshop for village technicians in the Cabo Delgado province of Mozambique.

/ Dec 14, 2016

Learning face-to-face

A learning exchange brought over twenty partners, fishers and conservationists from five different countries to Madagascar to learn about community-based fisheries management.

/ Nov 30, 2016

Presenting fisheries data in the Barren Isles: a community engagement visit

The Blue Ventures fisheries team recently visited four new sites in the Barren Isles LMMA to present the results of the fin fish monitoring programme to the fishing communities.

What global conservation lessons can be learnt from Madagascar?

In this week’s blog we pass the mic to a global expert on marine conservation, IUCN's Professor Dan Laffoley, who visited our programmes in Madagascar earlier this year

/ Sep 14, 2016

Belioness: 15 women, seven communities, four languages, one vision

The Belioness lionfish jewelry group gather from across Belize to develop a shared vision for their social enterprise; United women, empowered communities, and a healthy, beautiful reef.

/ Aug 10, 2016

Freediving fishers on a mission to map Barren Isles seagrass beds

Participatory mapping reaps dividends in the largest locally led marine protected area in the Western Indian Ocean.

/ Jun 20, 2016
Spinecheek anemonefish hovers above a bleached anenome in Timor-Leste

Corals in crisis: Monitoring the third global bleaching event in southwest Madagascar

This summer Blue Ventures volunteers and staff in the remote fishing village of Andavadoaka in southwest Madagascar have been enjoying warm waters and calm weather. However, beneath the waves the picture is less idyllic. Where once we dived on reefs...

/ Jun 13, 2016

Talking Tara Bandu: witnessing a marine milestone on Ataúro

Witnessing a marine milestone for locally led conservation in the Coral Triangle

/ May 13, 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

Climate-resilient development? We’re doing it already!

What is resilience? And what does “climate-resilient development” actually mean?

/ Nov 30, 2015

Signed, sealed, delivered, I’m your protected area

Creating a new protected area takes time. The members of the Velondriake locally managed marine area (LMMA) management association in southwest Madagascar have been patiently biding theirs for a number of long years. The seven-year journey towards formal government recognition...

/ Aug 18, 2015