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In just three years, Blue Ventures has won numerous awards for its work with local communities to create marine protected areas across Madagascar

Blue Ventures will celebrate its third anniversary this month, capping off its most successful year since its founding in 2003.

The Social Enterprise Coalition and the First Choice Responsible Tourism Awards have shortlisted Blue Ventures for awards recognising their work to protect marine resources and improve the lives of communities in Madagascar.

The First Choice Responsible Tourism Awards – sponsored by Responsibletravel.com, The Times, World Travel Market and Geographical Magazine – celebrate tourism ventures that make a positive contribution to conservation and the economies of local communities. They are the largest awards of their kind in the world.

Understanding of local culture is essential to protecting threatened marine resources

Blue Ventures has completed the first study of traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) of the nomadic Vezo people living in the village of Andavadoaka, located along the southwest coast of Madagascar.

Study finds region provides critical habitat for threatened species

Ornithologists from the University of Bath (UK) have completed the first guide to birdlife in the Andavadoaka region, location of Blue Ventures conservation research site in Madagascar. The guide features colour photos of more than two dozen birds documented in the area.

Research looks for ways to protect coral reefs against climate change

Blue Ventures’ founder and science director Alasdair Harris has been working for the past two months as part of an international team of scientists studying the coral reefs of the Chagos Archipelago, the remotest and most isolated group of islands in the Indian Ocean.


Blue Ventures founder and science director Al Harris traveled to Montreal Canada this week as part of a Global Youth Delegation that is participating in the United Nations Climate Change Negotiations.

During the meeting, the Youth Delegation issued a declaration calling on governments to protect the Earth from climate change.
Exciting news for Blue Ventures as its founders Tom Savage and Alasdair Harris received Special Commendation in the Social and Community category of the Enterprising Young Brit Awards.

Twenty-four finalists from across the UK gave presentations to the judges in ‘X Factor’-style, as part of Enterprise Week run by the Make Your Mark campaign which recognises young people who have turned their ideas into reality.
Blue Ventures volunteer Gabrielle Johnson has initiated a letter exchange programme between her students at the Laguna Blanca School in Santa Barbara, California, and the students at Ecole Sainte Famille school in Andavadaoaka, Madagascar.

The letter exchange is part of Blue Ventures’ ongoing educational projects that have been launched in Andavadoaka, home of Blue Ventures conservation research site.

Blue Ventures team members Richard Nimmo and Kit Gillibrand presented a workshop on community conservation in Madagascar during the World Youth Congress held in Scotland.

The workshop discussed the conservation projects that Blue Ventures has developed in Madagascar and explored how other organisations and countries could benefit from lessons learned by Blue Venture’s partnerships.

Between 700 to 1,000 people, traveling in more than 130 pirogue canoes, descended on Nosy Fasy island today during the reopening of the region’s first community-run no-take zone (NTZ).

While final data of the number of octopus caught by villagers has not yet been fully analysed, anecdotal evidence suggests the catches were generally larger than before the NTZ was implemented, and villagers expresses great satisfaction with the day’s fishing results.

5th June 2005

Th event is part of educational programme to raise conservation awareness among villagers

The importance of protecting the environment and its resources is a fundamental aspect of Blue Ventures’ work. On the 5th June, World Environment Day 2005, Blue Ventures hosted a ‘Beach Clean-up’ competition for the children of Andavadoaka village.

Blue Ventures recognized for work to create marine protected areas in Madagascar

Blue Ventures last night was named as a winner of the Supporting Entrepreneurs for Environment and Development (SEED) Initiative Awards, an international contest to find the most promising, innovative and entrepreneurial partnerships for sustainable development.

Blue Ventures is proud to announce the formation of a scholarship to support Malagasy nationals with an interest in marine conservation.

The scholarship will fund a Malagasy national every six weeks to join a marine research expedition at our coastal site in Andavadoaka, Madagascar, 45 km south of Morombe.


Blue Ventures’ collaborative research project with Madagascar’s Institut Halieutique et des Sciences Marines (IHSM), has been selected as one of twelve finalists of the SEED Awards, an international contest to find the most promising, innovative and entrepreneurial partnerships for sustainable development

The announcement of the finalists was made by Achim Steiner, Director General of the World Conservation Union (IUCN ), and Ian Johnson, Vice President of the World Bank, at a reception with government ministers from across the world attending the IUCN World Congress in Bangkok.

Blue Ventures has been highly commended in the Responsible Travel Awards 2004.

The Awards, in ten categories, are organized by online travel agent responsibletravel.com, in association with The Times, World Travel Market and Geographical Magazine – the magazine of The Royal Geographical Society.