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2011

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.

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.

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.

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.

2010

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.
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.

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.

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).