7 March 2014: How the 'Avon' model is empowering women to 'inspire change' in Madagascar by Laura Robson in The Huffington Post
December, 2013: Notes from Nosy Mitseo, Madagascar: the legacy of the demand for shark fin by Garth Cripps and Fran Humber is featured on the Save our Seas Foundation's blog.
September, 2013: First shark data sent by smartphone by Fran Humber is featured on the Save our Seas Foundation's blog.
We are committed to developing new approaches for safeguarding threatened marine biodiversity and the livelihoods of some of the world’s poorest coastal communities. Our strategy focuses on identifying innovative incentive-based models that can be taken to scale by communities and partners worldwide.
By investing in our marine innovation lab, you are making a critical contribution to moving our work to the next level, enabling us to expand our impact by pioneering and driving the adoption of new approaches for locally led marine conservation worldwide.
As a non-profit social enterprise, we harness your support to develop effective models for catalysing and financing coastal protection. We work to grow - rather than simply spend - your investment in Blue Ventures.
If you are based in the United Kingdom then you can also donate by texting "BLUE20" and the amount you wish to give to 70070 (JustTextGiving by Vodafone), for example, "BLUE20 £20". Both this and BT's MyDonate are free services, which means that every penny you give goes towards supporting our conservation innovations.
You can also support our school scholarships fund, which provides young people from our partner communities with the educational opportunities they need to develop their skills and become the conservation leaders of tomorrow.
True to our missionAs a field-based conservation organisation and British registered charity (number 1098893), 92% of our spending is channelled directly to charitable activities, supporting our conservation programmes across the tropical developing world.
We steer clear of smart offices, and reject the excesses of many large conservation organisations. We keep office and administration costs to a minimum, with staff living and working alongside local community members wherever possible.
As a mission-driven organisation, with an exciting vision for our innovations to benefit 1 million of the world’s poorest coastal people by 2015, we count on strategic and unrestricted investment in order to be able to pursue new opportunities for networking communities and supporting partners to drive adoption of our models.
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Many of our staff are based in remote and rugged locations, where these essential work tools tend to take a lot of wear. As a result, we are always happy to accept used laptops or mobile phones in good working condition for our field-based teams. Smartphones are particularly welcome, as we use these for collecting scientific data in the field. Please contact us for more information.
Lab partnersCompanies and organisations can engage with us as innovation lab partners by playing a direct role in the elaboration and achievement of our strategy, from research and development through to scaling and driving adoption of our models. Please contact us to find out more about opportunities for partnership and collaboration.
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.
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.
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.