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IATI: GPAF-IMP-044

Dfid Project Reference: GPAF-IMP-044 

Project title: Improving the profitability and ecological sustainability of octopus fisheries for 10,940 fishers in Madagascar 

Start date: 1st February 2013

End date: 31st January 2016

All published documents can be found below:

Original project proposal (PDF)

Original DFID project budget (PDF)

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the past decade, we at Blue Ventures have pioneered globally-acclaimed approaches to community-based marine conservation.

All too often, marine conservation efforts by fail because of market economics: and the costs of action far outweigh the perceived benefits of inaction.

Our conservation strategy is simple. We focus on innovating scalable economic incentives for marine conservation.

Using these market-based tools, we champion a holistic approach to marine conservation, integrating fisheries management, sustainable alternative livelihoods, local capacity building, public health, and social marketing for behaviour change.

If you volunteer with our ecological tourism organisation Blue Ventures Expeditions in either Belize or Madagascar, your expedition will help us support our sister charity, Blue Ventures Conservation, with all these valuable conservation activities which will help not just the biodiversity of the region but the population that depend on it. 

As a volunteer you will spend 6 weeks based at our spectacular eco camps in Belize or Madagascar, be fully trained to dive and obtain your PADI certificate and take part in ecological studies and community volunteering activities such as teaching. You will learn about the local culture, and enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime trip that you will never forget.



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Testimonials from Blue Ventures volunteers


" I want to thank Blue Ventures for the most spectacular experience of a lifetime. Getting back home was the single most difficult thing to do and adjusting has been tough. You guys do a fantastic thing and it was such a pleasure to be part of it"
- Courtney Pike, South African volunteer, March 2011

“As I am coming to expect, BV is a very thoughtful organization with a primary mission to be effective (rather than place volunteers). I am impressed-- again.” - Dr Tracy Ware, American volunteer, 2010

"I was part of a Blue Ventures expedition for my honeymoon back in 2008. Blue Ventures are an inspiration, and it is my hope that someday I can find the time to volunteer again, and go back and visit the wonderful people of Andavadoaka. But in the meantime my experience in Madagascar has led me to challenge what I need from life, and I have now successfully switched careers, leaving London and joining the renewable energy industry (BV's solar stoves were just the start!). Keep up the good work, BV deserve every award coming their way." - Will Turner, British volunteer, 2010

“For a previous non-diver it opened up a whole new world to me where I was getting excited and searching under rocks like a child! As a future Marine Biologist it just increased my passion for what I am about to study. The staff’s enthusiasm and the sea’s wonders was a real motivator and I will remember it forever.” - Cara Daneel, South African volunteer, 2008

If you wish to find out more about our previous volunteers (such as gap year students, university students, career breakers, families, couples & Indian Ocean scholars), please visit Day in the Life.

Learn about conservation and help to protect the marine environment. Blue Ventures offers you a once in a life time trip volunteering in an expedition to remote and beautiful Madagascar, off the coast of Africa. Conservation activitities by Blue Ventures have already had dramatic results here. Help save our natural resources by becoming part of our unique eco-tourism project as a volunteer!

For the past decade, Blue Ventures has pioneered globally-acclaimed approaches to community-based marine conservation. All too often, marine conservation efforts fail because of market economics: and the costs of action far outweigh the perceived benefits of inaction. Our conservation strategy is simple. We focus on innovating scalable economic incentives for marine conservation. Using these market-based tools, we champion a holistic approach to marine conservation, integrating fisheries management, sustainable alternative livelihoods, local capacity building, public health, and social marketing for behaviour change.

Wildlife

 

Madagascar is the 4th largest island in the world, and has been termed a "biodiversity hotspot" by ecologists, as 80% of the plant and animal species are unique to the island - a consequence of its 80 million year isolation. In the tropical seas off the southwest coast of Madagascar lies one of the largest coral reefs in the world and next to it, on the most westerly point of the island, is the Blue Ventures marine expedition site. 

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Volunteers in our Madagascar location help our experienced and knowledgeable Blue Ventures staff in such jobs as community outreach, for example teaching in our local school in Madagascar, and in identifying and monitoring wildlife. You will learn to dive and gain a diving qualification, help to safeguard the marine environment and have an experience you will never forget! 


Blue Ventures do magnificent work, helping local communities and offering extraordinary volunteering opportunities that you'll remember for the rest of your life.

Simon Reeve - Adventurer, Author and TV Presenter of BBC's Indian Ocean series
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Testimonials from Blue Ventures expeditions


" I want to thank Blue Ventures for the most spectacular experience of a lifetime. Getting back home was the single most difficult thing to do and adjusting has been tough. You guys do a fantastic thing and it was such a pleasure to be part of it"
- Courtney Pike, South African volunteer, March 2011

“As I am coming to expect, BV is a very thoughtful organization with a primary mission to be effective (rather than place volunteers). I am impressed-- again.” - Dr Tracy Ware, American volunteer, 2010

"I was part of a Blue Ventures expedition for my honeymoon back in 2008. Blue Ventures are an inspiration, and it is my hope that someday I can find the time to volunteer again, and go back and visit the wonderful people of Andavadoaka. But in the meantime my experience in Madagascar has led me to challenge what I need from life, and I have now successfully switched careers, leaving London and joining the renewable energy industry (BV's solar stoves were just the start!). Keep up the good work, BV deserve every award coming their way." - Will Turner, British volunteer, 2010

“For a previous non-diver it opened up a whole new world to me where I was getting excited and searching under rocks like a child! As a future Marine Biologist it just increased my passion for what I am about to study. The staff’s enthusiasm and the sea’s wonders was a real motivator and I will remember it forever.” - Cara Daneel, South African volunteer, 2008

If you wish to find out more about our previous volunteers (such as gap year students, university students, career breakers, families, couples & Indian Ocean scholars), please visit Day in the Life.

 

Learn about aquatic wildlife conservation and help to protect the marine environment. Blue Ventures offers you a once in a life time trip doing voluntary work in an expedition to either of our two remote and beautiful locations, Madagascar and Belize. Help save our natural resources by becoming part of our unique eco-tourism project!

Madagascar is the 4th largest island in the world, and has been termed a "biodiversity hotspot" by ecologists, as 80% of the plant and animal species are unique to the island - a consequence of its 80 million year isolation. In the tropical seas off the southwest coast of Madagascar lies one of the largest coral reefs in the world and next to it, on the most westerly point of the island, is the Blue Ventures marine expedition site

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The Belize Barrier Reef, a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site and the second longest reef in the world, lies in the Caribbean Sea on the eastern coast of the country. Our research site is located at Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve, a palm studded promontory shouldered by white beaches and backed by mangroves that fade to the west into Corozal Bay.


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In both sites, teams of volunteers assist our experienced and knowledgeable Blue Ventures staff in such activities as community outreach, for example teaching in our local school in Madagascar, and in identifying and monitoring wildlife. You will learn to dive and gain a diving qualification, help to safeguard the marine environment and have an experience you will never forget! 

 

Blue Ventures do magnificent work, helping local communities and offering extraordinary volunteering opportunities that you'll remember for the rest of your life.

Simon Reeve - Adventurer, Author and TV Presenter of BBC's Indian Ocean series
simonreevepublicityphoto

 

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Testimonials from Blue Ventures volunteers


" I want to thank Blue Ventures for the most spectacular experience of a lifetime. Getting back home was the single most difficult thing to do and adjusting has been tough. You guys do a fantastic thing and it was such a pleasure to be part of it"
- Courtney Pike, South African volunteer, March 2011

“As I am coming to expect, BV is a very thoughtful organization with a primary mission to be effective (rather than place volunteers). I am impressed-- again.” - Dr Tracy Ware, American volunteer, 2010

"I was part of a Blue Ventures expedition for my honeymoon back in 2008. Blue Ventures are an inspiration, and it is my hope that someday I can find the time to volunteer again, and go back and visit the wonderful people of Andavadoaka. But in the meantime my experience in Madagascar has led me to challenge what I need from life, and I have now successfully switched careers, leaving London and joining the renewable energy industry (BV's solar stoves were just the start!). Keep up the good work, BV deserve every award coming their way." - Will Turner, British volunteer, 2010

“For a previous non-diver it opened up a whole new world to me where I was getting excited and searching under rocks like a child! As a future Marine Biologist it just increased my passion for what I am about to study. The staff’s enthusiasm and the sea’s wonders was a real motivator and I will remember it forever.” - Cara Daneel, South African volunteer, 2008

If you wish to find out more about our previous volunteers (such as gap year students, university students, career breakers, families, couples & Indian Ocean scholars), please visit Day in the Life.

The small country of Belize may not be the first place that comes to mind when you imagine a Caribbean paradise, but not only does it have white sand beaches and crystal blue waters, it is also home to the second longest reef in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage site.Within this tiny nation lies rich Mayan cultural heritage, some of the most stunning diving in the world and of course, fabulous weather - What more could you ask of the Caribbean?!

Join one of our 6 week marine conservation expeditions in Northern Belize and get off the beaten track and into a tropical paradise!

Day in the LIfe

Hear from previous volunteers about their experiences on a Blue Ventures expedition in Belize

Who Volunteers?

Our expedition groups are always a diverse bunch. Find out more about who volunteers in Belize.

Training

Our volunteers get extensive dive and science training whilst on site. Click to find out more.

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Stand out
from the crowd

Employers and Universities are always looking for someone who has done something interesting and worthwhile with their time out of education and work. How many other people can say they've sailed in pirogues with the Vezo fisherman of southwest Madagascar?!

 

Be
prepared! 

Nothing can prepare you better for the wider world than..... the wider world! Get out there and experience a whole new culture and make a valuable contribution to our award-winning conservation initiatives. you'll be surprised at what a difference 6 weeks makes!