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22 September 2014, London, UK – Vote to protect Madagascar’s mangroves.

03 September 2014, London, UK – WIOMSA, the Marine Stewardship Council and Blue Ventures will hold a three-day workshop in Zanzibar, Tanzania from 3rd -5th December 2014, to share experiences in octopus fisheries management and eco-certification in East Africa and the western Indian Ocean region.

31 July 2014, Antananarivo, Madagascar – Health and conservation sectors unite to establish a broad network of policy makers, funders and practitioners committed to reinforcing an integrated approach to sustainable development in Madagascar

23rd July 2014, London, UK: An international team of researchers has carried out an ambitious assessment of community-led marine conservation in the Western Indian Ocean.

11 July 2014, Antananarivo, Madagascar - A meeting in Antananarivo later this month will bring together policy makers, funders and NGO practitioners to galvanise the broader adoption of the integrated Population-Health-Environment (PHE) approach in Madagascar.

2nd June 2014, London, UK - Dr Vik Mohan is going to talk about Blue Ventures' integrated approach to conservaton at the next Anglo-Malagasy Society meeting on Wednesday June 25th.

1st May 2014, St Andrews, UK - An innovative project integrating community-based health services with locally-led marine conservation initiatives has won this year’s St Andrews Prize for the Environment.

21st February 2014,  London, UK - A new study has found that 42 countries or territories around the world permit the harvest of marine turtles – and estimates that more than 42,000 turtles are caught each year by these fisheries.

10th February 2014, Ambanja, Madagascar - New research presents the first total carbon stock estimates of mangrove ecosystem in Madagascar

16th December 2013, Zanzibar, Tanzania - A ground-breaking workshop was held in Zanzibar last week to share experiences and improve understanding of community-based aquaculture initiatives in the Western Indian Ocean region.

15th November 2013, Addis Ababa - Blue Ventures' integrated Population-Health-Environment (PHE) approach receives high-level endorsement at the International Conference on Family Planning

13th September 2013, London - Blue Ventures' work in Madagascar received royal endorsement last night at the inaugural Tusk Conservation Awards, held at the Royal Society in London and attended by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

11th September 2013, London - A new CNN and ITV documentary to be broadcast on Sunday 15th September will showcase the work of Tusk Conservation Award finalists including Blue Ventures’ founder and executive director Dr Alasdair Harris

26th July 2013, London - Video released showcasing a workshop co-organised by Blue Ventures at the IUCN’s 2012 World Conservation Congress in South Korea. The event brought together 16 locally managed marine area (LMMA) representatives from countries including Fiji, Kenya, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea, India and Madagascar .

27th August 2013, LondonWIOMSA, Blue Ventures and the University of Dar-es-Salaam will hold a three-day workshop in Zanzibar, Tanzania from 9 - 11th December 2013, to improve understanding of progress in community based aquaculture (CBA) initiatives in the western Indian Ocean (WIO)

30th August 2013, London - New study highlights the overwhelming importance of small-scale fisheries for coastal economies

24th October 2013, LondonWIOMSA, Blue Ventures and the University of Dar-es-Salaam will hold a three-day workshop in Zanzibar, Tanzania from 9 - 11th December 2013, to improve understanding of progress in community based aquaculture (CBA) initiatives in the western Indian Ocean (WIO)

9th July 2013, Placencia, Belize - Along Belize's world heritage site-listed barrier reef, coastal communities are making waves in fight against a rapacious predator.

3rd July 2013, London - A landmark meeting was held at the University of Exeter on 26 June 2013, bringing together eminent academics specialising in the evaluation of complex systems with representatives from the Population-Health-Environment (PHE) community. The aim was to explore some methods that could be used to capture the complexity of integrated PHE programmes.

1st July 2013, Belo sur Mer, Madagascar - Following a reproductive health needs assessment conducted earlier this year, Blue Ventures is launching a community health programme in the Belo sur Mer area, integrating closely with on-going marine conservation initiatives. The programme will initially reach 8,000 people across 10 villages, and represents the first replication of Blue Ventures’ award-winning Population-Health-Environment (PHE) approach beyond the Velondriake area. 


21st May 2013, London - Blue Ventures launches a fundraising campaign with the aim of supporting 200 bright young people in Velondriake, southwest Madagascar, to attend school throughout the next academic year. The scholarships programme is an essential part of Blue Ventures' approach to investing in people, building local expertise and nurturing marine conservation from the grassroots.


9th April 2013, Brussels, Belgium - As negotiations on the reform of the European Union's Common Fisheries Policy, or CFP, enter the final and decisive stage, more than 217 civil society groups are calling on EU fisheries ministers to support an end to overfishing and the speedy restoration of fish stocks.

26th March 2013, Madagascar - Blue Ventures is responding to tropical cyclone Haruna, the biggest cyclone to hit southwest Madagascar in more than 35 years, by distributing vital health supplies to affected communities in the Velondriake area.


19th February 2013, London, UK - Blue Ventures launches a tenth anniversary competition on Facebook to win a unique 6-week volunteering expedition to Belize or Madagascar this summer

15th February 2013, London, UK – On Monday 25th February, Blue Ventures will join Hugh's Fish Fight, the Marine Conservation Society, SeaLife, BSAC  and hundreds of supporters, to march to Westminster and let the UK government know that we want them to protect our seas!

2 May 2012, London. David Attenborough has said improved access to family planning must be part of long-term conservation efforts to protect our 'troubled planet'.

27 April 2012, London. A pioneering project that combines marine conservation and community health will feature in the latest episode of the BBC2 travel documentary series Indian Ocean, due to be broadcast on Sunday April 29 at 8pm.

06 March 2012, London. Leveraging markets to conserve mangrove biodiversity and alleviate poverty in Madagascar

21 December 2011, New York. A 14-year study finds need for increased protections for parrotfish and other herbivores in marine reserves. 

15 December 2011, Madagascar. Blue Ventures has built on their marine turtle fishery and conservation programme as their awareness-raising marine turtle festival has expanded 400 km northwards along the west coast of Madagascar.

25 November 2011, London. Marine Expeditions organisation Blue Ventures has been selected as a finalist in the Green Tourism Award at the British Youth Travel Awards.

21 November 2011, Maintirano, Madagascar. In late November a team of marine scientists and environmental reporters will embark on a pioneering research expedition along the remote west coast of Madagascar. Based aboard a traditional Malagasy wooden sailing dhow, the international team will survey the health and biodiversity of the Barren Isles, a 100km long chain of coral islands off the west coast of the Madagascar; working above and below the water to support the conservation of one of the Mozambique Channel's remotest and least known coral reef archipelagos.

16 November 2011, Belo-sur-Mer Madagascar. The morning of November 11th saw the opening of two pioneering community-managed mangrove reserves in western Madagascar. Over 200 fishers attended the opening of the two fishing sites, covering an area of approximately 200 hectares, in order to reap the benefits of a temporary closure that has prohibited all forms of fishing and mangrove cutting for the past 19 weeks.

31 October, 2011, Worldwide. Today the world's population will exceed 7 billion people, bringing into sharp focus some of the immense challenges facing the sustainability of the world's natural resources. Not least because at the heart of this statistic lies something deeply troubling: globally, 200 million women are unable to access safe and effective family planning methods.

28 October, 2011, Mombasa, Kenya. The first phase of a new website, dedicated to providing open-access educational materials that support community-based marine conservation, was launched in Mombasa, Kenya today at the 7th biannual Symposium of the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA).

17 October, 2011, Madagascar. In a groundbreaking new partnership, UNICEF is working with Blue Ventures to enhance its community-based conservation program through innovative, technological teaching tools for the youth of coastal southwest Madagascar.

15 October, 2011, London. The Shark Alliance, a coalition of more than 100 conservation, scientific and recreational organisations, is launching the fifth annual European Shark Week today by calling on European Union (EU) fisheries ministers to protect sharks from overexploitation and finning - the wasteful practice of slicing off a shark's fins and discarding the body at sea

10 October, 2011, Brussels. Today artisanal fishers and civil society groups are rallying in Brussels to deliver a declaration to the European Parliament, European Commission and the Council Presidency calling on them to deliver sustainable European fisheries through reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).

17 August, 2011, London. The European Union (EU) has unfinished business with sharks. European citizens are calling on EU fisheries ministers to make the push and protect sharks from overexploitation and to urgently strengthen the EU regulation that bans the wasteful practice of 'finning' (slicing off a shark's fins and discarding the body at sea).

21 June, 2011, Antananarivo, Madagascar. A recent study has shed light on the exceptional conservation importance of one of the Indian Ocean’s least known archipelagos.

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