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Blue Ventures Placed on Shortlist for Two Social Responsibility Awards

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.

Blue Ventures is under consideration for the category of “Best Volunteering Organisation". Blue Ventures was also named a finalist by the Social Enterprise Coalition for the “New Social Enterprise Award". Those awards – which recognise the best in community and social business – are run by the Social Enterprise Coalition on behalf of the Social Enterprise Unit, RBS and NatWest, in association with the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the Home Office, Social Enterprise Magazine and The Observer.

Winners of both awards will be announced later this autumn.

Blue Ventures is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to working with local communities to protect marine resources for the betterment of human well-being and nature.

In 2003, Blue Ventures launched an innovative partnership with the Andavadoaka village in southwestern Madagascar to create the country’s first community-run marine protected area for octopus. The project has led to national legislation to conserve marine habitats across Madagascar.

Funded almost entirely through ecotourism revenue, Blue Ventures has brought more than 300 paying volunteers to project sites and trained them in research, community outreach and on-the-ground conservation.