27 February 2014: Blue Ventures' research Sea Turtles Are Endangered, But 42,000 Were Killed Legally Last Year was featured in The Huffington Post
7 March 2014: How the 'Avon' model is empowering women to 'inspire change' in Madagascar by Laura Robson in The Huffington Post
25 February 2014: After a chance meeting, a new Population-Health-Environment programme is born in Madagascar by Dr Vik Mohan in the Wilson Center's New Security Beat blog
13 February 2014: The blog "Shark fishers in Madagascar sell fins for pennies" is featured in the National Geographic.
January 15, 2014: The video "What I see is that women are healthier...children are healthier" by Vik Mohan is featured in the New Security Beat blog.
December, 2013: Notes from Nosy Mitseo, Madagascar: the legacy of the demand for shark fin by Garth Cripps and Fran Humber is featured on the Save our Seas Foundation's blog.
We are committed to developing new approaches for safeguarding threatened marine biodiversity and the livelihoods of some of the world’s poorest coastal communities. Our strategy focuses on identifying innovative incentive-based models that can be taken to scale by communities and partners worldwide.
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Our integrated education programme includes a variety of locally led initiatives, from classroom workshops and youth club sessions to village outreach tours and radio broadcasts. It supports young people to develop leadership and critical thinking skills, and to play an active role in marine conservation and community development.
Meet some of our scholars to find out what education means to them - please donate to Blue Ventures' school scholarships programme to help more bright young people in southwest Madagascar pursue their dreams!
Angelitina comes from Andavadoaka and is being supported by Blue Ventures to attend high school (lycee) in the nearby town of Morombe.
Anselme is one of Blue Ventures' first school scholars to attend university. He was a member of the Club AloAlo while at school in Andavadoaka and has been interested in environmental protection from a young age. Anselme is studying Geography at the University of Toliara and hopes to be able to use the skills that he is gaining in order to help his community with conservation in the future. He was recently awarded a Samba-Getty scholarship in support of his higher education.
Miandry comes from Andavadoaka where his family depend on fishing for their livelihood. Blue Ventures has been supporting Miandry to attend school for the past three years. He is now in his final year at the high school (lycee) in Morombe and serves as student association president. Miandry would like to become a teacher so that he can share his knowledge with others.
Clemence is one of 115 girls being supported by Blue Ventures to attend school. She studies at the College Sainte Famille in Andavadoaka where she is in the third class (highest grade in middle school). Her favourite subjects are Earth and Life Sciences, and Malagasy. Clemence would like to be a police officer when she grows up.
Fabien completed his schooling with support from Blue Ventures, and is now studying Earth and Life Sciences at the University of Toliara. His favourite subjects in school were Maths and Physics. Fabien hopes to be able to use the knowledge that he is gaining in order to work for Blue Ventures in Andavadoaka one day and thereby help his community with conservation. He was recently awarded a Samba-Getty scholarship in support of his higher education.
Each year Blue Ventures awards scholarships for community members in the Velondriake area to undertake an intensive six-week training course in marine science and conservation research alongside our international expedition volunteers. The programme focuses on learning how to scuba dive, conduct ecological surveys and identify species. It reflects Blue Ventures' strong committment to investing in people, building local capacity and nurturing marine conservation from the grassroots.
More than a dozen villagers have received scuba certifications to date, including two who have reached the level of dive master and one who has since become Madagascar’s first open water scuba instructor. Our scholars have gone on to assist with a variety of community-based conservation initiatives in Velondriake.
Velondriake community scholar profiles
Dominique Razafisanais 22 years old. He lives in Andavadoaka and was previously a fisherman. Now he helps Blue Ventures with surveys and data entry. His favourite aspect of the course was learning about marine biology.
Joeline Jean-Baptiste is 23 years old. She lives in Andavadoaka and was previously a sea cucumber collector. Joeline is now a sexual health peer educator for Blue Ventures. The aspect she enjoyed most about the course was working with computers.
Edgar Andronic is 25 years old. He lives in Lamboara and was previously a fisherman. Now he helps Blue Ventures with surveys and data entry. The aspect he enjoyed most about the course was working with computers.
Tolotra Tolojanahary is 25 years old. He comes from Antsatsamaroy and was previously a sea cucumber collector. The aspect he enjoyed most about the course was learning about marine biology.
Bridgete Finy is 30 years old. She lives in Andavadoaka and was previously a cook at the Manga Lodge restaurant. Her favourite aspect of the course was the diving.
Samson Albain is 24 years old. He comes from Tampolove and was previously a fisherman. Samson most enjoyed the community development aspect of the course.
Sakira Izidoro is 26 years old. He comes from Vatoavo and was previously a migrant fisherman. Now he helps Blue Ventures with surveys and data entry. The aspect he enjoyed most about the course was the diving.