by Shawn Peabody, Country Director, Madagascar
Examples of coastal communities coming together to take on overfishing and reduce destructive fishing aren't too hard to find. In nearly every region there are good examples of these "positive deviants", as the literature calls them, where people have figured out ways to work together for their common good. Below is a map showing locally-managed marine areas (LMMAs) in the Indian and Pacific oceans. As you can see, there are hundreds! (to find out more about LMMAs, please click here).
By Lison Garrel, Safidy (Community Health) Programme Coordinator, Belo sur Mer
Lison on a pirogue in the Belo sur Mer area
My involvement with Blue Ventures started at the beginning of 2013, with a two-month mission to Belo sur Mer on Madagascar’s west coast. The aim: to conduct an assessment of reproductive health needs in order to explore the feasibility of replicating the Safidy programme in the Belo sur Mer area. For this, I was looking to collect baseline data about sexual health knowledge as well as access to and uptake of family planning services. After gathering some information from the district medical inspector, commune mayor, village leaders and health workers, it was time to directly consult the local communities about their health needs!