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2007

This following letter was sent to The Times newspaper in response to a front page article published on Tuesday, August 14th, quoting Judith Brodie, director of VSO UK, expressing her concern regarding the regulation of the gap year market, and whether some gap year projects only profit the companies which run them:

 

As part of the London Aquarium and the BBC’s ‘Saving Planet Earth’ month Blue Ventures will be running a weeklong marine scientist workshop for children visiting the aquarium.

From Monday 25th June to Sunday 2nd July Blue Ventures scientists will teach children about diving and marine life, as well as conservation and the work being carried out by Blue Ventures in Madagascar.

Blue Ventures’ co-founder Tom Savage won the 2007 Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Edge Upstarts for his work to create businesses that have a positive social and environmental impact.

The awards, started in 2001, showcase businesses that offer innovative and sustainable solutions to social issues, such as Blue Ventures, that have a socially beneficial purpose.

Village leaders honoured for conservation work with Blue Ventures and other NGOs

The village of Andavadoaka, Madagascar – location of Blue Ventures’ conservation research centre – was announced a winner of the prestigious Equator Prize at the United Nations headquarters in New York today in recognition of the village’s extraordinary work to diminish poverty through the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.

Blue Ventures’ volunteers and others can offset emissions for flights and other activities

Blue Ventures today launched a new carbon offsetting program that allows anyone to offset their carbon emissions from flights, driving or other daily activities.

Andavadoaka recognized for community conservation work with Blue Ventures and others

Andavadoaka village in Madagascar was named as one of 25 finalists for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Equator prize, which recognizes initiatives that help reduce poverty through the conservation of biodiversity.

 

2006

Survey reveals how conservation can benefit business and biodiversity

Marine protected areas may hold the key to keeping global fishing industries healthy and profitable, a new scientific study in Madagascar reveals.

 

Former staff member provides background voice to Casino Royales’ Madagascar fight scene

The new James Bond flick, Casino Royale, brings 007 to Madagascar for his first mission, and a former Blue Ventures staff member to the big screen.

 

London – Blue Ventures Founder and Director of Science Alasdair Harris yesterday received the “Highly Commended” award from the Enterprising Young Brits competition which recognizes young entrepreneurs who have turned their ideas into successful businesses.

Harris, who was selected from more than 1,000 entries across the UK, won the award for social and environmental ventures that combine the principles of a successful business with an emphasis on social and community benefits.

Blue Ventures was honoured yesterday by the First Choice Responsible Tourism Awards for its work with volunteers to protect threatened marine habitats in Madagascar.

During ceremonies at the Excel Conference Centre in London, Blue Ventures was Highly Commended in the category for Best Volunteering Organization. 

Funding from the Project Aware Foundation and the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund will help protect threatened shark populations

Blue Ventures today announced the launch of a new project that will monitor and protect threatened populations of shark.

Scientists urge protection of surviving corals to reseed damaged reefs and provide clues for preventing destruction of corals around the world from climate change

A new survey of reefs along Madagascar’s southwestern coast found massive damage from coral bleaching, including some reefs that lost up to 99 percent of their coral cover.

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.