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13 May 2011, London. Blue Ventures was this week announced as a finalist in the Buckminster Fuller Challenge, the prestigious annual international science competition awarding $100,000 to support the development and implementation of whole-system based projects that have significant potential to solve humanity's most pressing problems.

Ranomafana, Madagascar 13th May 2011. Joelison Tahandrazana and Ody Rily, two young conservationists from the remote coastal village of Andavodaoaka, southwest Madagascar, were recently selected to represent their community in a national workshop on youth participation and climate change, taking place from the 10th-12th of May 2011.

Antananarivo, Madagascar 13th April 2011. Despite being one of the most culturally significant and iconic species in Madagascar, the Radiated Tortoise (Astrochelys radiata) is being catapulted to extinction because it is a source of food for local people and a highly-prized commodity for poachers.

23 March 2011, London. Blue Ventures was this week announced as a semi-finalist in the Buckminster Fuller Challenge, an annual international design challenge awarding $100,000 to support the development and implementation of projects that have significant potential to solve humanity's most pressing problems.

9 February 2011, Antananarivo, Madagascar.  National workshop brings together community leaders, fisheries managers, marine scientists, fishermen, conservationists and government representatives.

Toliara 8th April 2011. A landmark fisheries workshop held in Madagascar this week has shown for the first time that community‐based marine conservation brings direct economic benefits to traditional fishing communities, creating a powerful incentive for expansion of marine conservation efforts.

20 January 2011, Washington DC.  Public voting begins today for the Geotourism Challenge 2010, an international competition to find the world’s most innovative and sustainable tourism solutions for coastal destinations.

20th December 2010. A new study published this week shows that community-based laws and conventions are a powerful and effective tool for the management of protected areas. The research, led by Blue Ventures' community outreach coordinator Gildas Andriamalala, highlights the extent to which locally-derived community rules are able to effectively implement conservation plans for threatened marine environments in Madagascar.


3rd December 2010. The Blue Climate Coalition today issued a statement to delegates of COP16 calling for coastal and marine ecosystems to be included in international climate change treaties. COP16 is the 16th edition of Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP).  “Parties” refers to all the national states that signed and ratified both of the international treaties, committing to observe and comply with its terms regarding international cooperation against climate change.


Georgetown, Washinton DC, 26th November 2010. Madagascar conservationist Gildas Andriamalala has been awarded a Masters degree in Communication from Georgetown University, Washington DC, for his work promoting community-based marine conservation in his home country.

London, 10th November 2010. A record sixth year of recognition for the world’s most dynamic marine conservation organisation!

Winners of the Responsible Tourism Awards 2010 were announced today at a ceremony at World Travel Market in London, as part of World Responsible Tourism Day. Blue Ventures won the 2010 volunteer tourism category, with this year's win being a record sixth consecutive year of recognition for Blue Ventures, after having being highly commended for five years in a row.

15 November 2010. New research has revealed up to 16,000 endangered turtles are being caught each year by villagers in just one region of Madagascar, despite a government ban. Researchers from the University of Exeter and Blue Ventures Conservation say the figure, thought to be a conservative estimate, is the first direct assessment of turtle exploitation on the island.
20 October 2010. Voting has opened for the World Challenge 2010 Award, an international competition organised by BBC World News and Newsweek magazine to champion projects showing enterprise and innovation at a grassroots level.

Blue Ventures is one of this year’s12 finalists, selected from over 800 nominations worldwidefor its work in using social enterprise to drive sustainable community-based conservation initiatives.

BRUSSELS (September 13, 2010) – Today OCEAN2012, the pan-European campaign to stop overfishing in Europe, handed over 28,500 signatures to European Fisheries and Maritime Affairs Commissioner, Maria Damanaki, calling on her to prioritise the health of the marine environment in the reform of the European Union’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).


09 August 2010, Andavadoaka, Madagascar. A pioneering conservation and development initiative in Madagascar has become the first conservation project in the country to receive support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
03 August 2010, Andavadoaka, Madagascar . Every austral winter, Madagascar's coasts witness one of the world's most remarkable animal migrations. From May to early September the country's shores become a highway for hundreds of humpback whales, migrating between their equatorial breeding sites and their feeding grounds in the southern Ocean.
LONDON, 22 July 2010. Marine conservation organisation, Blue Ventures is one of 12 finalists competing for this year's prestigious World Challenge award, an international competition organised by BBC World News and Newsweek magazine to champion projects showing enterprise and innovation at a grassroots level.
LAND'S END, 5 July 2010. An intrepid young woman from Exeter has completed an epic journey. Tess Shellard has trekked 1293 miles over 54 consecutive days from John o'Groats to Land's End - the entire length of the UK - to raise £10,000 for a network of family planning clinics in remote villages in southern Madagascar.
TULEAR, 2 July 2010. Madagascar’s national media turned its attention to the coastal city of Toliara on 2nd July as the country’s Prime Minister and 16 government ministers descended on the regional capital for the inauguration of the Ministry of Fisheries’ new regional headquarters.
EXETER, 7 May 2010. An intrepid young woman from Exeter is preparing for an epic journey. Tess Shellard is trekking 1293 miles over 54 consecutive days from John O’Groats to Land’s End – the entire length of the UK - to raise £10,000 for a network of family planning clinics in remote villages is southern Madagascar.
ANTANANARIVO, 26 April 2010. A team of researchers working with Blue Ventures is calling for urgent action to protect one of the world’s most endangered reptiles.

LONDON 12th March 2010. Proposals will be made this week to prohibit international trade in the scalloped hammerhead shark, Sphyrna lewini, and seven other shark species.


London, 1st March, 2010. Addressing the unmet family planning needs of the world’s poorest and most isolated populations can add value to conservation efforts, the director of an integrated reproductive health programme told global leaders in London today.

London, 24th February 2010. "Coastal Conservation offers survival for the poor” - Blue Ventures marine scientist wins international award for conservation Blue Ventures.

California, 9-10th February 2010. Blue Ventures has been warmly welcomed at the 16th Katoomba meeting focusing on Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) in the marine environment.

London, 2nd November 2009. In 2003, Blue Ventures set out on an ambitious mission: to demonstrate that responsible tourism can be a powerful engine for sustainable, targeted conservation.

London, 28th October 2009 Blue Ventures has been short-listed in The Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards 2009, organised by

London, 27th January 2010. Blue Ventures is proud to announce that Georges ‘Bic’ Manahira, a conservationist at its groundbreaking research site in Andavadoaka, southwest Madagascar and the longest serving member of staff on site has recently been certified by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) as Madagascar’s first Open Water Scuba Instructor.

London, 7th September 2009 Grassroots coral reef conservation can postpone the collapse of whole ecosystems but for how long?


Blue Ventures has recently completed an ambitious expedition to document the contemporary migration of indigenous fishing communities in Madagascar.


London, 5th June 2009 – World Oceans Day, on the 8th June 2009, will see leading conservation organisations, educational institutions, communities and individuals in dozens of countries around the world celebrating the world’s oceans.

Andavadoaka, Madagascar. Blue Ventures' conservation scientist Gildas Andriamalala recently returned to Madagascar to establish the country's first Rare Pride Campaign, after receiving nine weeks of intensive training in the use of social marketing and communication in conservation,

A remote fishing village in southern Madagascar has sold its first batch of locally farmed sea cucumbers - believed to be a potent love medicine in southeast Asia - and is hoping to cash in on the lucrative market for unusual aphrodisiacs in advance of Chinese New Year next month.

Today, Google launched a new version of their popular Google Earth software, with added information on the state of the world's oceans.

Andavadoaka, Madagascar. It started in a beach shack on the shore of the Mozambique Channel in Andavadoaka, a small coastal village in remote southwestern Madagascar. Four Rodrigan fishermen sat impassively facing the Malagasy fishermen, thrice their number, each measuring the other in the flickering candle light.

Seafaring auction signals full steam ahead for pioneering family planning clinic.

Blue Ventures was selected as a finalist in the Ashoka & National Geographic Changemakers Geotourism Challenge in October 2008 and in November 2008 was highly commended for Best Volunteering Organisation at the Responsible Tourism Awards, at the World Travel Market.

WWF announces 2008 winner of the prestigious Getty Prize for Conservation is Mr. Roger Samba, President of the Velondriake Committee.

Blue Ventures is expanding its work in southern Madagascar as it implements an ambitious African Development Bank-funded project aiming to promote the sustainable development of traditional marine fisheries along more than 300km of coast.

July 2008 Lamboara: The first hatching of Green Turtles recorded as a direct result of efforts to protect the species in southwest Madagascar has been witnessed by marine conservationists working for British charity, Blue Ventures Conservation.

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